- Jon Hammar, 27, was arrested in August for carrying an antique rifle that had belonged to his great-grandfather across the border.
- Had served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was suffering from PTSD after the death of a fellow Marine in Fallujah.
- Says he never knew when his next meal was and that jail was run by hardened criminals some of whom were serving triple death sentences.
Despite the fact that Obama refused to act in Jon Hammar’s defense, he was still freed after the online Conservative movement pressured members of Congress to act. Now that he’s freed, we see just how badly he was treated.
A U.S. Marine freed from prison in Mexico said that he was threatened with beheading within days after being arrested on false gun charges.
“They threw every threat in the book at me,” Jon Hammar told McClatchy on Thursday, in his first public comments since being released from the Mexican prison shortly before Christmas.
He said “full-blown” mobsters ran the prison, not the guards. “I knew not to go around picking fights with anybody,” he said.
Hammar’s captors had demanded money from his relatives. “They’d cut my head off, they told my family,” he told McClatchy.
When Hammar’s parents complained to the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, the threats finally stopped — and he was moved out of the general prison population to a loosely guarded cage, where his ankle was chained to a bedpost.
He was released after fellow Marines and members of Congress attacked the Mexican government and demanded his release.