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Mother Helps to Free Son From Mexican Prison

Jill Tahmooressi is making a special trip to western North Carolina this week to thank the many supporters who have been trying to help her son.

"He's highly despondent because he's going on his sixth month of incarceration for literally making a wrong turn," said Mrs. Tahmooressi. Her son Andrew is a U.S. Marine reservist.

A veteran's charity group called "HonorAir" has been helping Andrew's cause by raising awareness of the situation for Andrew and mounting legal bills. But Jill Tahmooressi said it's much more than donations people have been making but the actual support that includes signing a petition that went to the White House, and calling legislators to put pressure on government officials in the U.S. to help bring her son home.

"With the backing and advocacy of HonorAir  I just cannot wait to feel that support and to report back to Andrew when he makes that phone call to me, I will let him know about all the great folks in western Carolina and how they're all making phone calls to their congress members," said Tahmooressi.

Her 26-year-old son was moving from Florida to California March 31st when he missed his exit and crossed into Mexico with all his belongings including three legally purchased firearms which were legally registered in the U.S. Jill said the signage where her son accidentally crossed into Mexico were filled with graffiti and hard to read in the dark of night as he drove but got lost on his way driving from Florida to San Diego where he was moving. The grim reality now is the slowness with which the Mexican court system moves. It could be years for a federal criminal charge like Andrew's to move through the system.

"It's not common law it's called napoleonic code and we are only in the pre-trial phase that could last two years," said Jill Tahmooressi. "I'm absolutely scared to death."

The meet and greet for Jill is scheduled for Sunday at 3pm outside the Historic Henderson County Courthouse on Main street in Hendersonville. The event is not a fundraiser but rather a chance to meet Jill and allow her to thank the many people she said have come forward to try and help her help her son.

by Kimberly King
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