Former Nevada brothel foe sentenced for flying to Cuba
MIAMI (AP) — A former Nevada man who once faked his death to promote his crusade against brothels then later crash-landed a plane in Havana was sentenced Thursday to six months in federal prison for taking a stolen aircraft to Cuba.
Milo John Reese was told to circle once around the Marathon airport on his first solo flight last July 31 but instead headed south for Cuba. He was arrested when Cuba sent him back to the United States.
Reese is eligible for release after the court papers are processed, but he still faces a state charge of grand theft for taking the single-engine Cessna from Paradise Aviation on his fifth day of flying lessons.
As part of Reese’s federal sentence, he was ordered to pay $45,000 restitution to Paradise’s insurance company, which wrote off the wrecked plane.
Concerns were raised about Reese’s mental competency after he returned from Cuba. Reese, 56, told U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King before pleading guilty that he was not taking any medication.
Reese, who worked as a pizza delivery man, has a history of disappearing. He once faked his death in Nevada to draw attention to the state’s legalized prostitution.
Assistant U.S. Public Defender Celeste Higgins said at an earlier court hearing that Reese was afraid to land once he took off. But Monroe County investigators found a note in his car saying he planned to fly to Cuba.