Marine Jon Hammar to Be Released From Mexican Prison

Katie Pavlich

12/21/2012 3:30:00 PM - Katie Pavlich

Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine who has been sitting in a dangerous Mexican prison since August over a bogus gun charge, will finally be released today. Hammar was arrested by Mexican authorities after declaring an antique rifle to Mexican customs agents on his way to Costa Rica.

Jon Hammar Sr. said during a flight layover in Houston that he was on his way to get his son, after he and his wife Olivia received a call Thursday night from their attorney, Eddie Varon-Levy telling them their son was going to be released.

"I haven't seen it in writing yet but Eddie has confirmed it with the court that Jon is being released today," Hammar Sr. said. "The U.S. consulate said they would pick Jon up at the prison and accompany him to the border crossing."

Hammar's family and legal team were headed to the border town of Brownsville, Texas, where they hope to have a joyful reunion sometime today. 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 that was deemed illegal.

"The court ruled on the motion that excluded the evidence on the charge because of a violation of his constitutional rights under Mexican law which resulted in the charge being dropped," Hammar Sr. said.

Just one week ago, the State Department said there was nothing they could do for Hammar.