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

WASHINGTON — A US judge on Friday sentenced a former State Department workerwho is the great grandson of Alexander Graham Bell to life in prison withoutpossibility of parole for spying for Cuba and sentenced the man's wife to morethan 5 years behind bars for helping her husband steal US secrets.

US District Judge Reggie Walton said Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers betrayedthe 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 saidhe stole secrets with no intent to harm the and that his goal was to pass along informationabout US policies toward ,a nation that he said feared the because of itsopposition to the Cuban government.

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

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