A U.S. Marine, held in a Mexican jail since March for crossing the border with loaded guns, was released Friday due to a court order.
A family spokesman told The Associated Press that the judge decided to release retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, whose detention spurred calls from lawmakers.
“It is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in Mexican Jail,” the family said in a statement.
Tahmooressi has said he drove across the U.S. border into Tijuana by mistake with three loaded guns in his car.
His case received heightened attention from conservative politicians, including Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas). Stockman was a strong supporter of the #BringBackOurMarine campaign on Twitter, lobbying lawmakers to join his tweets and recording videos asking for Tahmooressi’s release. Stockman also introduced a resolution that would impose sanctions on Mexico unless Tahmooressi was released.
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