U.S. Marine Veteran Takes Wrong Turn, Ends Up In Mexican Prison
A U.S. Marine veteran's wrong turn landed him in a Mexican prison, and now congressional leaders are trying to get him out.
Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi says he was headed to meet friends for dinner in a border town last March, but he ended up at a border crossing point in Tijuana.
The 25-year-old had several guns in his truck - all legally bought and owned, but because guns are illegal in Mexico, Tahmooressi was arrested. He's currently being held under maximum security at the notorious La Mesa jail without bail.
Tahmooressi served two tours in Afghanistan and suffered a severe concussion when his combat vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device, also known as an IED. His mother told Fox News he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, as well as what she calls directional dysfunctionality, which causes him to constantly get lost in familiar places.
A California congressman has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to help get Tahmooressi released. And U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida sent a request to the US Consulate in Tijuana also asking for his release or at least to be transferred to a single cell.
Judicial proceedings for a trial are set to begin at the end of May.