Wednesday, December 3, marked the fifth anniversary of Alan Gross’s arrest. Gross, a USAID subcontractor, traveled to Cuba five years ago to do work there. He was arrested and accused of being part of an American spy plot to overthrow the Cuban government and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Gross was 60 years old. Cuban officials accused him of “importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine internet service for Cuban Jews,” according to Reuters.
In May, Gross turned 65, vowing to family and other visitors that he would not be turning 66 in that “hell of a prison.” His wife, Judy, told reporters he can barely walk due to damage to his hip during his prison sentence, is now blind in one eye, and missing all but one of his front teeth. He told his wife and daughter goodbye and and has since refused to see them or U.S. Diplomats. Judy Gross made a statement Wednesday, telling the public
“I am afraid we are at the end. After five years of literally wasting away, Alan is done.”
She has been begging Obama for five years to do something to bring her husband home. White House sources told ABC News that the President is aware of Gross’s condition. In a statement released Wednesday, the U.S. Department said, “The Cuban government’s release of Alan on humanitarian grounds would remove an impediment to more constructive relations between the United States and Cuba.”
The last report Judy received of her husband was that his physical and mental condition continued to deteriorate and he was being kept in a 10×20 dorm room with two other prisoners.