In US spy case, man gets life, wife 81 months

July 17, 2010 07:48

WASHINGTON — A US judge on Friday sentenced a former State Department worker who is the great grandson of Alexander Graham Bell to life in prison without possibility of parole for spying for Cuba and sentenced the man's wife to more than 5 years behind bars for helping her husband steal US secrets.

US District Judge Reggie Walton said Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers betrayed the for three decades and should receive heavy punishment for having done so.

In a 10-minute explanation to the judge of his conduct, Kendall Myers said he stole secrets with no intent to harm the and that his goal was to pass along information about US policies toward , a nation that he said feared the because of its opposition to the Cuban government.

The judge said he was "perplexed" at how Myers, 73, could believe that he was not hurting the , given the level of antagonism between the two countries.

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