Marine jailed in Mexico wins back his freedom

CURT ANDERSON
Last updated 16:35 22/12/2012
Jon Hammar
REUTERS
FREED: Jon Hammar, a former US Marine jailed in northern Mexico is seen in an undated photograph provided by his family.

Relevant offers

Americas

Donald Trump builds legal case for travel ban - reports Former US spy Sabrina de Sousa to be extradited for role in rendition of cleric Kellyanne Conway: Feminism associated with being 'anti-male' and 'pro-abortion' FBI refused White House request to deny media reports on Russia-Trump link White House's reaction 'very positive' as invitation extended to join Commonwealth - report Trump adviser Steve Bannon declares all-out war on 'corporatist' media Brazen cyclists spark concern in New York suburb Deportation spat overshadows Trump envoys' talks with angry Mexico Standing Rock: 47 arrested as police in riot gear clear Dakota pipeline camp Donald Trump wants to expand US nuclear arsenal, make it 'top of the pack'

A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed.

The attorney for Jon Hammar tweeted Friday night that his client had been released from a detention centre in Matamoros, Mexico, and was "going home". US officials had planned to drive the 27-year-old Hammar across the border at Brownsville, Texas.

Hammar had been jailed since August after he and a friend tried to cross the border with the shotgun, which once belonged to his great-grandfather. Mexico rarely allows foreigners to bring firearms into the country.

Hammar's attorney said Mexican authorities determined there was no intent to commit a crime. Hammar did tours with the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. His parents live in South Florida.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content