Former Lejeune Marine's release from Mexican jail "coming soon"

By: Heather King / Carly Swain
By: Heather King / Carly Swain
A Marine once stationed at Camp Lejeune remains in a Mexican jail, six months after he said he accidentally crossed the border with guns in his car.

Courtesy: Sam Vranicar

A Marine once stationed at Camp Lejeune remains in a Mexican jail, six months after he said he accidentally crossed the border with guns in his car.

One Congressman said Mexican officials told him Andrew Tahmooressi should be coming home soon.

Tahmooressi's case was the focus of a hearing on Capitol Hill last week where officials were trying to get him out of jail so he can receive treatment for post-traumatic stress after his deployments to Afghanistan.

The LA Times reports Tahmooressi served at Camp Lejeune with the 2nd Battalion, 6th Regiment and was promoted to Sergeant before leaving active duty and joining the Reserves.

The Washington Post reports his case is slowly moving through the Mexican legal system.

Tahmooressi's case has gotten the attention of even TV personality Montel Williams, who was among those testifying before Congress last week urging the government to take action to secure Tahmooressi's release.

Williams himself is a retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and said, "How dare we as a nation hesitate to get that young man back."


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Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon says a Marine veteran who has been in a Mexico prison on weapons charges is doing well.

Salmon says he was able to visit Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi on Saturday at el Hongo II prison in Tijuana and the 25-year-old seemed in good spirits.

The congressman says he is confident Tahmooressi will be treated respectfully.

Tahmooressi was headed to dinner in San Ysidro, California, on March 31 when he mistakenly wound up at a border-crossing point in Tijuana.

According to Tahmooressi, Mexican authorities found three legally owned guns in his truck.

Meanwhile, KTVK-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1pHSrcQ) Tahomooressi's friends and family held a rally Saturday morning in Phoenix outside the offices of U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.

They are asking lawmakers to help get Tahomooressi released.


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