Mexico gun charges

Mother of Former U.S. Marine Jon Hammar Pleads for Help as Son Remains Chained to Bed in Mexican Prison on ‘Trumped-Up’ Gun Charges

by FOX News Insider  |  published on December 11, 2012

For four years, former U.S. Marine Jon Hammar fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, he’s chained to a bed in a Mexican prison on what his family says are ‘trumped-up charges’ for illegal gun possession.

Hammar’s mother, Olivia, joined Fox and Friends Tuesday to tell her son’s story and plead for help.

In August, Hammar was traveling through Mexico on his way to Costa Rica for a surfing trip. He approached U.S. Customs about bringing along a gun that belonged to his great-grandfather. They advised him that he’d have to fill out a registration form and declare the weapon immediately upon crossing the border. Hammar tried to do just that but was immediately arrested and has been in prison ever since.

Hammar is charged with possession of a weapon that is restricted for military use and could face 12 years in prison. Olivia Hammar says that the weapon, in reality, is typically used for shooting small birds.

The Hammars began receiving extortion threats shortly after their son’s imprisonment. Olivia Hammar said, “This particular prison is controlled by the cartel, so he was in the general population and within 24 hours, we began receiving extortion calls from other cartel members.”

“We think maybe he was targeted because he was in the military,” she said.

The family has recently decided to go public, and have received help from Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Olivia Hammar says that for her son’s safety, now that they have gone public, “we need this to end fast.”

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