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Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, Marine Held in Mexico, Now Released and Back in the U.S.
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November 01, 2014, 08:38 AM
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Above, Andrew Tahmooressi and mother Jill

Here's some good news, Andrew Tahmooressi, the Marine veteran and reservist who was arrested and jailed in Mexico for accidentally crossing the border with weapons and ammunition, has been released from prison in Mexico and is now back stateside.

For background, here's my article Sgt. Tahmooressi's Imprisonment And The Big Border Picture. Sgt. Tahmooressi had been arrested on March 31st and held until now.

This is from a report of Tahmooressi's release;

U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, jailed more than 200 days in Mexico, was freed by a judge Friday and immediately returned to the U.S., his family said. Tahmooressi, 26, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, had been held since March 31, when he said he mistakenly crossed into Mexico with three legally-purchased and registered guns in his truck. A court-appointed psychiatrist confirmed that Tahmooressi has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Family spokesman Jonathan Franks said the judge released him without making a determination on the charge against him. He had been held initially at a prison outside Tijuana, then was moved to a prison outside Tecate. His family released a statement Friday night saying, "It is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in a Mexican jail. He is back on American soil and will shortly resume treatment for both his pre-existing combat related PTSD and the residual effects of months of incarceration – which has taken a toll on him far worse than his two tours in Afghanistan."

The Florida man said he got lost on a California freeway ramp that sent him across the border with no way to turn back. His long detention brought calls for his freedom from U.S. politicians, veterans groups and social media campaigns..... Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi freed from Mexican jail, immediately returns to US Fox News, October 31st, 2014