Former U.S. Marine Jon Hammar, who has been imprisoned in Mexico on a gun charge, will be released today, his mother told Fox News Radio.
“Olivia Hammar said the judge hearing Hammar’s case issued a ruling in his favor and that her son is to be released at a time on Friday yet to be announced. No more details were available,” Fox News reports.
“Hammar, 27, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been stuck in a notorious, drug cartel-controlled prison just 15 miles south of the U.S. border since Aug. 13, after he crossed into Mexico and declared an antique shotgun to Mexican customs officials,” the report adds.
News of his release comes just a day after Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S. insisted that Hammar’s case would go to trial, meaning that he wouldn’t see U.S. soil for some time.
“This circumstance requires that he remain under detention during the duration of his trial,” Arturo Sarukhan said in the letter.
Luckily for the Hammar family, it would appear that Mexican authorities have reversed their position and that the former United States Marine will be home for Christmas.
“We know that he’s going to be freed,” a spokesman for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who fought hard for Hammar’s release, told NBC 6.
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