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NBC Evening News for Monday, Jun 28, 1976
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(Studio) American Vietnam veteran, Dan. Gearhart, 34, sentenced to death by Angolan court 3 British mercenaries also sentenced to death.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Luanda, Angola) Ctroom. scenes filmed earlier in month Gearhart had testified he never fired a shot in Angola. American Gary Acker recs. 16-yr. prison sentence. American-Argentine, Gustavo Grillo, recs. 30-yr. sentence. President Angola Agostinho Neto to review death sentences. Judge says CIA guilty of paying mercenaries.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Studio) Leader mercenaries, "Colonel Callan" also received death sentence. He ordered massacre of 14 British soldiers who refused to fight.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Kensington, MD) Mrs. Gearhart heard news of husband by radio. She said her husband became mercenary for the money. [Sheila GEARHART - cites shock at sentence. Doesn't approve of what mercenaries do.] State Department condemns sentences; to relate United States views to Red Cross and other govts. repd. in Angola.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn

(Studio) Acker's parents thrilled his life to be spared and will help him file an appeal.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Palmer, John;
Quinn, Charles

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