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
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.