Monday marked the third anniversary of the day a U.S. government sub-contractor was arrested and put in jail for a project he was completing for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Cuba.
After serving three years of a 15-year sentence for what Cuban authorities call "Acts against the Independence or Territorial Integrity of the Cuban State," family members and the Obama administration are asking the Cuban government to let Maryland resident Alan Gross go.
U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner put out a statement Monday calling for Gross' release.
"Mr. Gross is a 63-year-old husband, father, and dedicated professional with a long history of providing assistance and support to underserved communities in more than 50 countries," Toner wrote.
Before he was arrested, Gross was in Cuba working on a project for Development Alternatives, Inc., a company contracted by USAID, according to court documents.