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Jailed Marine back home in South Florida

Retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi released from Mexican jail

WESTON, Fla. – A jailed U.S. Marine veteran from Weston who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns returned home early Saturday morning.

After a Mexican judge ordered the immediate release, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi boarded a private plane in San Diego on Friday night along with his mother, Jill Tahmoressi, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

Jill Tahmoressi made several trips to Mexico to advocate for her son's release. Her biggest concern was that her son, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following two tours of duty in Afghanistan, was going untreated.

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Tahmooressi crossed the Mexican border in March with the weapons and maintains that he got lost on his way to California.

A family spokesman said the judge released Tahmooressi without making a determination on the charge against him.