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-- seven year old war -- Making his way back to his family's home in Florida.
After spending more than four months in prison -- Mexico on a questionable gun charge a hammer was arrested.
When he tried to cross the border with an antique shotgun that his family says was an air -- our Steve Harrigan is live from palmetto day.
-- -- Heather after four long months the 27 year old former marine was -- finally released from that.
Notorious Matamoros prison late on Friday night after several hours of paperwork.
He was accompanied by US -- officials to the border.
Between Mexico and Texas there he met his father and the two began their drive home than they did at -- stop off yesterday at a hospital.
An emergency room in Louisiana John -- suffering from the stomach flu having trouble.
Keeping food down and dehydrated but they are back on the road -- the goal always has been a push to get him home for Christmas it's looks like that it's gonna happen now.
So Steve -- quite an ordeal for the family to say the very least.
A very tough time for the family not only four months of waiting with their son in prison there but also they received.
Threats extortion attempts threatening that John would be killed unless they paid money.
His mother -- said it was only once you cross the border that she finally could relax.
And as I may first night that I slept all night long without getting out and it was just.
That god I'm not wondering what's gone on again as anyone can anyone hurt him tonight and that's had.
The family initially tried to work behind the scenes for Johns release but after that failed -- -- to the very public campaign.
-- -- friends and here in the community as well was there congresswoman in two senators it was really that public pressure which really pushed.
His release up early back to you guys in New York good Christmas present for that family thank you seen -- Well as Steve mentioned John hammers mother made eight tireless effort in recent weeks to draw attention -- this case -- some more of her remarks from yesterday.
It was like my first night that I slept all night long without getting out and this is.
That thought -- not wondering what's gone on with them as anyone.
Can anyone hurt him tonight again that's at times he's eating you know he's able to actually have -- -- You know it's just.
I act I honestly can't totally process that I think -- -- here.
Republican congresswoman Ileana ros Lehtinen of Florida works with a hammers to win Johns release she is chair of the house of foreign affairs committee always great talking to you thanks so much.
Look up to -- John hammers parents.
Said that the State Department -- who was really not lifting a finger to help in fact they were they were very discouraging about it.
And then the White House -- asked just a few days ago seemed utterly oblivious really knowing about it.
And clearly wasn't -- any -- thing you would think the commander in chief.
We've got a bat for a marine who fought in two recent wars.
What was going on here why wasn't our government.
It was bewildering.
The parents tried to do it low key they couldn't get.
-- the case resolved they came to me and our and our two wonderful US senators and thanks to fox thinks who all Riley.
Sean Hannity read up all of you.
Were so helpful at all the press help that you guys really came to bat.
And that's why I don't really.
Understand or believe that during White House up press briefing that the -- White House spokesperson said.
All I don't know about the case.
Everybody had known about -- that we had been bring in that up but this is a family of strong Christian faith.
And so for them as we celebrate the birth of Christ that tonight what that more meaningful up present than then that now.
Now then they got -- to bring their son to them tonight look.
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