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. Cesar

    I guess you take the subway. Have a good day at work Mary.

    March 14, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    I can ckeck with u from my phone just hate doing it form there it takes so long to text , gonna get a new one Bye gotta go

    March 14, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar


    March 14, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Cesar u there

    March 14, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Cesar is there something wrong I thouht I said i could talk to u around noon.

    March 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Hi Mary. How's lunch?

    March 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    u still there , yes it was good , anything good happening in your circle today

    March 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar


    March 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Wow, that was short , u ok

    March 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rita

    Cuba is an interesting place, the people evidently support the government and are comfortable with communism. Surprising, considering they are surrounded by democracy and the free world. This problem wouldn't exist if they would get with the program, become informed and quit letting their government make their decisions for them.

    March 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    Ok, last time I post , I dont like bothering ppl so I will be back on at 7:30 if you want to talk

    March 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    Its just that blogging has no time. It is free as a bird. See you later my New Yaka.

    March 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary


    March 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    @Mary: Bye is only a word representing a temporary separation between the conscience mind in the vast infinity of the cosmos.

    March 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    Do you think 15 years for connecting to the internet is a harsh enough punishment? Some may think its too light. What do you think Mary?..... Typical female, deserts me when I need her most. Bye Mary, I'm going to Best Buy, then Olive Garden.

    March 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Cesar, I can one up you. I seem to keep a man only if he is my friend , which is great but I'm 46, I'm tired of just being friends. I cant seem to communicate if I'm involved with one.

      March 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
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