Exclusive Interview with Former Marine, Jon Hammar
POSTED: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 4:22pm
UPDATED: Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 11:57am
After languishing in prison for more than four months, Hammar said public pressure finally helped win his release.
"How would you characterize the treatment you received in prison....both physically and emotionally?"
"well, anytime you go to prison it's not fun.....my treatment...it's bad...but it's normal for gringos in jail to be treated like that,"
Hammar says his thoughts remain with other Americans, who are still in that Mexican prison.
"There's definitely a lot of Texans who are stuck in jail. I did over four months in that jail and I'm innocent!"
Hammar said he had to learn some basic Spanish, while in prison just to ask for food and water. He says prison authorities soon isolated him from other inmates.
"I got taken out of general, because there was problems I was having in the jail.....and that's about it....I can't go into every little detail about every little thing I did in there."
Clearly there are things Hammar would like to forget, but despite a lingering illness Hammar has nothing but good memories about the night of his release.
"It was in the middle of the night when the FBI and the Consul brought me across the border. I was really sick...but I felt good I was out of jail."
Hammar says in time, he would like to do some more traveling, but returning to Mexico is not part of his future plans.
"Now I'm just trying to recover and get back to my life. I want to thank every body, who helped get me out of jail. I appreciate it!"
Reporting from Brownsville Abigail Camilo, KVEO Newscenter 23.