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After the top of the hour he fought for his country in Iraq and Afghanistan and now he's fighting for his own freedom.
Former marine John hammer locked up in a Mexican prison where he's been held for the past four months.
For possession of a registered antique weapons.
Now he's reportedly being held there by members of the Mexican cartel for threatening to kill him unless they get paid.
Now lawmakers are starting to step -- So will the hammer family -- their son in time for Christmas.
John's mother Olivia hammer joins me now live again from Miami good morning -- Good morning thank you for having me of course we talk to you maybe a few weeks ago when you first decided to go public with this story.
What's the latest what have you heard from your -- You know -- and I think he is it it's just becoming more tenuous every day I think and the situation is more dire as becomes more and more public.
I know that the story as it has gone and some of the top papers in Mexico City and it's certainly all over the border towns in the papers and he's you know getting feedback why are you in the news couldn't you know what's this all about why -- your family just pay.
So that's sort of the feedback that he's getting and it's nerve -- -- -- -- so it's my understanding that these that these cartels run some of the prisons in Mexico.
And they have been in touch with you and they are demanding some sort of a ransom.
They did in the very beginning.
The conflict got involved and was able to isolate -- those calls stopped.
We haven't had to deal with that anymore but -- 9% of that prison is in this general population that is controlled.
Every aspect of the general population is controlled by the cartel.
And most of the guards won't even in -- into that section of the prison.
So how is he being treated we had heard reports that I think he told you directly he was being chain to a -- Exactly I I think in the last couple of days.
They have removed those -- just because of the publicity but.
I I I think they tend to put them on when visiting hours are over and because there are visiting hours and because of where he's located in the prison.
People are constantly walking by there and can -- -- -- yet sort of high visibility interesting that the publicity may have helped I know that it was a big risk that you -- I want you to listen to congresswoman Ileana ros Lehtinen down in Florida she's one of your members of congress who is working diligently on your behalf I interviewed her last week.
This is un believable that the Mexican government is not stepping in to help us while they take our money and take all the help we give them.
And it's incredible.
There are -- -- US government is not doing all that we can.
To bring hammer home for Christmas.
The cut that family deserves this he's done nothing wrong it is so unfair and someone just so we're gonna keep on fighting we're gonna make this happen.
I want to mention that senator Nelson and senator rubio also working on your behalf out of Florida.
-- -- do you.
Think you're going to see your son John in time for Christmas.
You know we're trying not to get.
Our hopes up or John's hopes up because it's just so deflating when nothing happens but at this point we're just begging you the Mexican government.
First of -- to look at this case it if they will just examine this case.
He's innocent and I think that they'll realize his innocence their own military has sent a letter to the prosecutor's office.
You know this gun is not on the restricted list so I'm I'm just asking that the Mexican government would would use of prosecutorial.
But you know.
Hours emphatic eight and and let him go because he's he's totally innocent of the crime that he's been charged with.
-- hammer a mom who is in pain and hoping that her son can be home before Christmas.
Thanks much ma'am we'll continue to follow -- story.
Thank you so much.
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