The mother of a Marine jailed in Mexico after he took a wrong turn and crossed the border six months ago says while his freedom is looking more and more likely, it still probably is weeks away.
The comments from Jill Tahmooressi, the mother of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, were posted online because of the rumors circulating about his case.
She said what happened this week was that her son’s attorney, Fernando Benitez, rested his case in the Mexico court system.
“The next step in Andrew’s case is the prosecutor has to respond to that motion by agreeing or disagreeing. The expectation is that they will agree to close. Closing remarks by both sides will then have to be prepared and presented. This will take a couple of weeks,” said Jill Tahmooressi, who earlier had been interviewed by WND about the case.
Court hearings were held in Mexico this week on the case, as Jill Tahmooressi appeared before Congress to explain the tragic situation that her son has been left in.
Arguments presented in Mexico suggested that the courts there may agree to transfer him to the U.S. for treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“Six months is too long without therapy,” she told WND in an exclusive interview. She said “his LaMesa (Mexico) experience (has caused) flashbacks worse than two tours of duty.”
Talk-show host and retired Marine Montel Williams joined Jill Tahmooressi in appearing before Congress.
He asked the White House to “make the call” and reach out for the sergeant’s freedom.
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He was in tears as he testified, “at least call this woman (Mrs. Tahmooressi)!”
Williams appealed to Barack Obama as a father, sharing how Jill Tahmooressi has sent a prayer to the Williams family every day since she learned of his daughter’s cancer.
“It’s time for you to act,” he said.
Jill Tahmooressi told WND in recent conversations her son sounds “shell shocked.”
To Congress, she explained her son called her to say, “I made a wrong turn. I am at the Mexican border.” The next day she got the message, “I have been arrested, please secure me an attorney.”
The sergeant served multiple combat tours and was meritoriously promoted.
He fought in an infantry battalion as a section lead and a .50 caliber gunner.
His mother said, “He volunteered and was willing to lose his life for freedom, liberty, and the elimination of oppression. He fought not for one political party. He fought for the world at large, including Mexico, who does not send their military into combat.”
He was in San Diego to test for PTSD because his friend, who has a Purple Heart and suffered from PTSD, said San Diego has the best treatment in the country.
Driving at night, however, he found himself in a lane that led to Mexico. The problem was, he was carrying his personal belongings in his truck, including several weapons.
While legal in the U.S., they are not in Mexico.
When he found himself in a lane from which he could not turn around, he contacted Mexican authorities at the border, explained the mistake and asked to return to the U.S.
Instead, he was arrested and jailed.
At Western Journalism was a story of the support he’s gotten from others. There, the report said two Marine veterans teamed up to walk 300 miles to the White House – from their homes in North Carolina and Virginia – to support the sergeant.
Terry Sharpe and Allen Brown wanted to provide a message to President Obama, but ultimately were denied access to him.
“Sergeant Tahmooressi is a decorated Marine who served his country faithfully and well in combat, and is reportedly suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of his service to our nation,” Sharpe wrote.
“He is not a criminal, but an honorable young man who made a wrong turn and wound up in a bad situation. Our nation owes Sergeant Tahmooressi a debt of gratitude, and you have the ability to repay part of that debt by making one phone call. As the most influential leader in the free world, one call from you to President Enrique Pena Nieto could surely spare Sergeant Tahmooressi and his family any more grief, and bring him home so he can receive the help he needs to allow him to lead a full and productive life.”
WND reported earlier on the sergeant’s time in Mexico and in another interview then, Jill Tahmooressi said she’s grateful for the help her family has received.
“It’s amazing, coast to coast, I feel like my family has grown,” she said then. “… I now have this universe of a family. I know Andrew feels it, because I read to him the prayers and support messages. … He is so appreciative. That has been the most amazing thing, how America can rally together for this Marine.”
Tahmooressi originally was held in La Mesa prison, where he endured severe abuse and death threats. He’s currently being held in El Hongo II State Correctional Facility, 40 kilometers southeast of Tecate, where he now has a 24-hour guard and receives regular visits from chaplains with Prison Fellowship and Baja Christian Ministries.
Supporters of the Tahmooressi family have created an official fundraising site to collect donations to offset the cost of his legal defense. To donate or to sign the petition, visit AndrewFreedomFund.com. Contributions and letters may also be mailed to:
Andrew Tahmooressi Liberty Fund
5722 S. Flamingo Road #114
Cooper City FL 33330-3206M