Hearing Wednesday for Marine jailed in Mexico

TIJUANA - A hearing was set to take place Wednesday morning for a Marine who has been jailed in Mexico since March for allegedly trying to cross the border with firearms in his pickup truck.

Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, was scheduled to go before a federal judge in Tijuana at 9 a.m. for an evidentiary hearing, according to his mother Jill Tahmooressi.

On March 31, the former Marine sergeant was arrested after he drove into Mexico with three U.S. registered firearms. He claimed he missed the final U-turn just before the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Tahmooressi was arrested for bringing guns into the country, and later, for trying to escape.

Tahmooressi and his mother initially claimed he had just moved to San Diego and this was the first time he had ever tried to cross into Mexico. However, that story began to unravel after Mexican media reports surfaced alleging that he had crossed the border several times prior.

Earlier this week, his mother changed the story. Jill said Tahmooressi actually walked into Mexico earlier on the day of his arrest to get lunch, then crossed back to get his truck. She told 10News that her son’s attorney told Tahmooressi to tell Mexican prosecutors that he had never crossed the border.

Jill said that when she confronted the attorney about the lies, he was convincing.

"'’You've got to trust me,’” Jill said the attorney told her. “’This is Mexico, not America. We've got to eliminate suspicion.’"

Jill said Tahmooressi -- who completed two tours in Afghanistan -- had moved to San Diego from Florida several months prior to his arrest to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Earlier this month he was moved from a state penitentiary in Tijuana to a federal prison in Tecate, about 40 miles away.

The incident has received attention from several politicians. Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Scott Peters have written letters to the Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, hoping for a diplomatic intervention. There have also been rallies on Tahmooressi's behalf, coast-to-coast.

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