In 2009 American Alan Gross went to Cuba on a humanitarian mission, but on the night before he was to return home, Cuban authorities took him into custody. Now, after being convicted and given a 15-year sentence in Cuba for what the country called acts to undermine its government, Gross is in a maximum security prison, "defeated, depressed (and) hopeless," his wife Judy Gross said. NBC 6's Jackie Nespral sat down for an exclusive interview with Judy Gross about her husband's case, which has been closely followed in South Florida. Letters have been sent to Pope Benedict XVI before his Cuba trip, in the hopes that Cuba will make a humanitarian gesture by freeing Alan Gross while the pontiff is visiting the island. "We're urging the pope to talk to President Castro, to see if he can have him released (as a) humanitarian," Judy Gross said. "It has nothing to do with politics. It's a humanitarian release."
Alan Gross's Release "Has Nothing To Do With Politics," Wife Says