March 12th, 2011
03:07 PM ET

U.S. contractor gets 15-year sentence in Cuba for crimes against the state

U.S. contractor Alan P. Gross was sentenced Saturday to 15 years in prison for crimes against the Cuban state, Cuba's state-run news agency reported.

Gross was arrested 14 months ago on accusations of distributing illegal satellite equipment to connect dissidents to the internet as part of efforts to undermine the government. The prosecution had asked for a 20-year sentence.

The United States says Gross was helping the small Jewish community connect to the internet and that he didn't break any laws.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    cable is better..

    March 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Well, he *was* in Cuba, he should be subject to their laws. Just as any foreign visitor in this country is subject to *ours*.

    March 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Thank you banasy, that was well said.

      March 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana P

      Wow. Way to hit a guy when he's down. Why on Earth would you make the assumption that someone had actually broken the law, instead of the Cuban government deciding to try to clamp down on who is connected to the internet?

      March 13, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    Barack Obama may not be the coward that a lot of people call him,but he sure is as ignorant as they come. I guess that he won't have the sense it takes to organize a prisoner exchange between our country and Cuba. Here we're holding 5 Cuban Nationals who may or may not be guilty of what they were convicted of and they're holding Alan P.Gross. Now I guess that through Obama's ignorance, Mr.Gross will spend a lot of time in Cuba's jails!!!

    March 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Smartypants

    Frankly, as long as the US has Guantanamo, holding presumed innocent people like animals and as long as the US govt tortures Bradley Manning they don't ahev any right to criticize Cuba.

    March 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Thank you,Smartypants. You said it all. I'm sick and tired of all these ignorant fools here supporting this government and the right-wing thugs running it!

      March 12, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RuffNutt

    Of course President Obama is not ignorant. He went to Harvard and graduated at the top 3% of his class. That is much higher than 2.0 George. Of course I am fake RuffNutt here and above. I'm also one of the fake Cesars.

    March 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz

      ooo, so there are multiple Cesar , let's hear and remember Castro just left in 2008 so his goons are still around and yes i agree , Obama is not making any sense with respect to alot of Issues before us.

      March 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ghadaffi exxon testimony

    ghadaffi and exon military business partners in former residence in libya as testimony before the u.s. Congress.. No less is acceptable. Keep ghadaffi alive for the exon .mil related congressional testimony.

    March 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Hey. What's brewing?-The Real Cesar

    March 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @banasy and Cesar: How is connecting to the internet undermining the Cuban government? Unless, the Cuban government wants to keep its people away from world event news, tv, chat rooms, and communication with family.

    March 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    I am willfully ignorant...proud too.

    March 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    Hi fake RuffNutt. You're not fooling anybody. Hey CNN, Mexican criminals kidnapped an American professor in Mexico. Any current news on this. She was teaching in Arizona. Another American victim?

    March 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazz

    you talking about 27 year old American from El Paso Kyle Mostello Belanger- Believed Missing in Juarez Mexico

    March 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazz

    disregard previous comment read your post wrong

    March 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    @fake Cesar: you answered your own question. If *anyone* breaks the law in another country, they have to pay the penalty set forth by *that* country. One doesn't have to necessarily *agree* with said law. But thanks commenting, and have a pleasant weekend.

    March 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    ***edited to say, thanks FOR commenting***

    March 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    @banasy can you answer the question? How is connecting to the internet undermining the Cuban government?

    March 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
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