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Parents of Marine jailed in Mexico speak out
- Duration 5:02
- Date Dec 13, 2012
Parents of Marine jailed in Mexico speak out
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-- road trip with friends turned into one nightmare for brave marine who proudly served our country in combat in missions in both Afghanistan and Iraq and here's what happened 27 year old John hammer.
Was en route to Costa -- for a surfing trip with a friend.
-- deal -- this post traumatic stress disorder when he was arrested for carrying this antique shotgun that was owned by his grandfather.
Now according to reports have a register the -- with US Customs and Border Protection officials and was told the when he crosses the border he should do the same thing in Mexico.
But this turned out not to be the case because on August the twentieth when -- tried to register the gun.
Legally when he crossed the border he was arrested and charged with carrying a deadly weapon and then thrown in jail and here it is four months later John is still sitting.
In a notoriously dangerous Mexican prison.
And up until two days ago they had -- chain to a bad.
Now John's parents say they received phone calls in the middle of the night threatening to kill their son and -- they agree to wired thousands of dollars to western union account.
And now John's parents Olivia and Jon -- are seeing here are living a nightmare and demanding that the -- be released and you cut you might be able to help them joining us now.
The parents thank you both -- thank you John thank you both for being here.
Thank programs aren't so he served in Iraq Afghanistan has PT SD.
He even -- to get -- -- is going -- of a vacation with his -- -- he gets to the American border he would he tells them he has this gun in his Winnebago right.
-- -- Okay did he disclose it with the US custom side.
They took pictures they waited they gave him some papers to fill out so that he can then take that registration paper to the Mexican -- -- just so I can't hit forward so exposed to cross the border -- hand that to the Mexican officials as he was told the -- is that what happened.
Okay what happens next.
He was immediately arrested.
Being declared the weapon went immediately arrest and so he's declaring the weapons always trying to smuggle this thing into Mexico.
And they arrest and this is back in August.
What happened since then and what is the status and how can we get help get your son home by Christmas.
Then after they arrested him.
We get a call from the US consulate that he'd been arrested.
And then -- a couple days after that.
We get a call from someone.
Who said this is not about the police.
We have your son.
If you don't wire.
Making -- hundred dollars to western union account.
We're gonna kill them and here he is.
This is listen to a talk to him.
And so who we talked come and we said well how we you know we don't I don't know I'm not sure about what's changed and will call you back with an account number.
So that it back corruption had to be happening with in the Mexican jail.
That was inside.
It was it was inside the prison yes because there.
Then we find out and then we called the consulate.
And told what was going on as we're trying to figure out this western union.
Account number and down this little -- -- on it we're gonna call.
The prison officials and get in the bottom of it and am isolated I.
Olivia now I know Barack Obama doesn't really listen to me but this might be an opportunity permanent staff -- -- -- government.
Released this kid an American hero.
Who is been suffering.
In this presences August.
-- what's the status and how can people help you.
You know we're just asking for everyone to talk to their lawmakers I mean it would I would just make a personal plea to the president to.
Contact you know that this new incoming president.
Opinion -- -- of Mexico and just.
Ask him to.
Resolve this case and send him -- this is gone on too long it's a ridiculous case.
I think they know it's a ridiculous case because it was it was an accident it's great it's.
A case that they are there on military has sent.
Letters to the judges and the prosecutors saying this gun is not on the restricted list that that is trying to.
Restrict you know -- assault rifles essentially they're saying this isn't anything like this.
And that prosecutors in the judges have refused to consider that are so I'm I'm just act asking the president to get involved at this point.
Right now I put a petition on my website Hannity dot com and people can help and were you guys are going to be in our thoughts and prayers and our hope is that John gets home for Christmas and somebody at the State Department somebody -- the White House steps up and handles -- thank you both for being with us.
Thank you thank you for having us appreciate -- and up.