Mexico Frees Marine Veteran Jailed for Bringing in Gun

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MIAMI - - A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed, officials and his lawyer said late Friday.

The attorney for Jon Hammar tweeted Friday night that his client had been released from a detention center in Matamoros, Mexico. U.S. officials had been planning to drive the 27-year-old Hammar across the border at Brownsville, Texas.

"He's out. Going home," wrote Eddie Varon Levy in a tweet.

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen confirmed in a statement Friday night that Hammar had been released. She also said he was "back safely in the United States."


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