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'He's free' Tamaulipas spokesman confirmsMark Reagan and Laura B. Martinez The Brownsville Herald
The vice president of the Tamaulipas Chamber of Commerce has confirmed that U.S Marine Jon Hammar is in the custody of U.S. officials.
"He's free," Gerardo Danache Acevedo told The Brownsville Herald this afternoon.
Hammar has been jailed in Matamoros since August on a weapons charge.
It is unclear at what time Hammar will be released, but it will be sometime today.
Acevedo Danache said he had been informed that a judge has signed Hammar's release papers from jail and that he is expected to be escorted out of Matamoros sometime today.
Acevedo Danache earlier this month made a telephone call to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto asking him to pardon the veteran Marine.
“I really, really believe the media played a big role in this. I am happy that this will happen because there is no reason we should continue with this” Acevedo Danache said in a telephone interview with The Brownsville Herald.
“I am very happy for him, for the family and for us because that will show we can work together even if we have different cultures. We have more important issues to deal with,” the vice president said.
Hammar served in Fallujah, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was honorably discharged in 2007.