BREAKING: US Marine Jon Hammar to Be Released From Mexican Prison

Jon Hammar, a former Marine held in Mexico on gun charges, has been in a Mexican prison for four months on what is being called a trumped-up federal weapon charge. He was arrested Aug. 13 in Matamoros after he declared to Mexican customs agents a shotgun he planned to use for hunting in Costa Rica. He’s been held in jail since August and chained to a bed.

Jon Hammar survived wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is now up in a prison in Mexico. (CBS)

Yesterday, Bill O’Reilly and two US Republican Representatives threatened a boycott of Mexico if Jon Hammar was not released by Christmas.
This morning- Jon’s mother said her son would be released today.
FOX News reported:

DEVELOPING: Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a gun charge, will be released today, his mother told Fox News Radio.

Olivia Hammar said the judge hearing Hammar’s case issued a ruling in his favor and that her son is to be released at a time on Friday yet to be announced. No more details were available. Hammar, 27, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been stuck in a notorious, drug cartel-controlled prison just 15 miles south of the U.S. border since Aug. 13, after he crossed into Mexico and declared an antique shotgun to Mexican customs officials.

News of his pending release came just a day after a letter surfaced from Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S. that insisted Hammar’s case would go to trial.

“This circumstance requires that he remain under detention during the duration of his trial,” Arturo Sarukhan said in the letter.

Hammar, who was charged with a federal level weapon felony and faces up to 15 years in a Mexican prison for what his travel companion said was a breakdown in communication at the U.S.-Mexico border. He has been held in the notorious CEDES prison in Matamoros, Mexico, ever since. The prison is just 15 miles south of the border.

But there were questions about the case from the beginning. Ian McDonough, 27, a friend and fellow Marine who was with Hammar when he was nabbed, told that four U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents told Hammar before he crossed into Mexico that as long as the required permit, which he completed, was submitted and he declared the gun to Mexican authorities, there would be no problem in bringing the vintage shotgun across the border.

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  • Anthony Durnsford

    Behold the future that awaits American gun owners – whereby the “common sense laws” are followed and weapons declared, and you’re still thrown into a prison, indefinitely, for owning an antique shotgun whose barrel was just a weeeeee bit short. I note, on a somewhat related subject, that New York’s governor wants to ban magazine that hold more than seven rounds. Wasn’t another legislator talking about a 10-round limit last week? What’ll we hear about NEXT week? But kudos to O’Reilly. Looks like he got one right.

  • marcus tullius cicero


  • Multitude

    Is the rumor true that we agreed to hand over Eric Holder for weapons smuggling crimes in exchange for Hammar’s release?

  • Praise God!

  • jpmn

    just another reason to never go to Mexico.

  • DomesticGoddess

    Get ready for Barky to claim credit and make a movie out of it.

  • Bubba

    O’Reilly may be annoyingly over concerned with being middle of the road, but he sure did a good job with this issue. He deserves a thanks.

  • Bitter Clinger

    @domestic Goddess: Yes. You’re correct. I’m SURE that today when The One makes his sacred remarks at Senator Daniel Inouye’s funeral, it will be all about HIM, the one we’ve been waiting for. Growing up in HI with Inouye representating his home state. Wait for it……It will be yet another display of malignant narcissism.

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  • Sam Stone

    Sandra the Slut gets a call from Obama and this Marine got nothing form Obama!

  • Campfollower

    We’ve been boycotting Mexico anyway. It’s beyond me why parents allow their children and teens to travel there. It’s beyond me that our neighbors have a time share there, when bodies are found just down the road. It’s beyond me that people don’t understand it’s a third world country run by the Zeta cartel and other hooligans and you all are right. Obama doesn’t give a rats ass about any of our young Marines. If it had been a rapper, he’d have been all over this. But a young hero, NEVER. And Michelle’s caring about the military families is bogus as well.

  • Carol

    Democrats, liberals and Obama to claim it was Obama that secured his release in 3…2…1….

  • squeaky

    the o team must have decided this was the best time for maximum coverage. maximum impact. timing is everything especially with an orchestrated adm. all the visuals of obama being presidently and since michelle and the girls are already in hawaii………….

  • retired militaryq

    This is why I refuse to go to foreign countries. Especially Mexico.

  • paul52

    IF we had a real leader, the Mex warden would’ve woken up one morning to about 6 attack choppers circling his prison with a loudspeaker… “Let him out… NOW!” Like that would happen with Barry at the controls!

  • Jim Scrummy

    Went to Cabo on our honeymoon. Not real interested in going back to Ol’ Mehico, because of this and other instances. Liked Cabo and Todos los Santos.

  • Amash

    Oblamo will take credit for this. He never heard about this kid until today. O ‘Reilly and West did the work our government refuses to do, but creepo will take credit. Just watch.

  • Joe Blow

    At least he and his family will have a very good Christmas.

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  • Deserttrek

    the border is a bad area and the authorities on both sides don’t know squat. living near the border I do know people who dove hunt in mexico and regardless of paperwork it still takes “gifts” to make things work.
    this AMerican citizen should not be in jail in mexico and regardless of when he gets back, boycotting mexico is a good idea.

  • Patty


  • SM-WI

    #14—couldn’t agree more with you about not going to foreign countries, especially Mexico. So, other posters raised questions about why people would go there. Answer is ignorance and denial. Sort of like “low information” Obama voters—no clue about what they’re stepping into when they set foot across border. They think it’s like US–if problem, call 911. We live in AZ near border for a while….definitely not a good place to be. But people who are clueless choose to deny reality. Sadly, hope they don’t learn hard way!

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Olivia Hammar said the judge hearing Hammar’s case issued a ruling in his favor and that her son is to be released at a time on Friday yet to be announced. No more details were available.

    Good heavens. If I were in her shoes, I’d have kept silent until after the guy was released and was back on U.S. soil. You never know whether someone in a foreign country with any authority that was involved with the case would suddenly have a change of heart due to something that was said, or was reported to have been said.

  • Barry didn’t have a problem sending Jemimah and Butterfly McQueen and their classmates down their on a God knows the cost vacation. Oh wait, didn’t they have a cadre of people protecting them with the dreaded gun?

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  • Lori

    I’m sorry but why was the dumbass trying to bring a weapon over the border?

  • valerie

    #3 December 21, 2012 at 9:34 am
    Multitude commented:

    Ha! You and I both wish.

  • valerie

    #26 December 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm
    Lori commented:

    He was carrying an antique through the country to another destination. He declared it, filled out all the forms, and was trying to do the same in Mexico. He was just thinking like an American. Unfortunately, he ran into people looking for bribes from his parents….

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