Former U.S. Marine Jon Hammar speaks out about how he was mistreated at the hands of Mexican authorities
(Erica Ritz) Former U.S. Marine Jon Hammar spoke with Bill O’Reilly Monday night after being released from the Mexican prison where he had spent more than four months on what his mother described as a “trumped-up” gun charge.
Hammar had been scheduled to speak with O’Reilly on January 4, but was unable to make it at the last minute due to health issues resulting from his imprisonment. He had been released just four days before Christmas, and that’s where the interview began.
“I’m feeling a lot better,” Hammar said in response to O’Reilly’s inquiry. “I was dehydrated, malnourished, I had a lung infection, stomach issues, a number of things…I lasted the majority of the time without getting sick, but [in] the end is when I started getting a little ill.”
The two then went over how Hammar ended up in prison, having been told by U.S. officials in Texas that he could cross into Mexico with a hunting shotgun as long as he filled out the appropriate paperwork.
When he got into Mexico, however, it was clear by the wait and bureaucracy that something was wrong.
“They didn’t let us know that we were going to jail, though. They made it sound like we were just going to a place to pay a fee.”
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