Mother of jailed Marine concerned for his safety

The mother of a marine being held prisoner in Mexico for more than a month told 10News that Mother's Day was agonizing after her son was moved last week to a new prison facility.

“Honestly it's because he's in the most precarious situation,” said Jill Tahmooressi via Skype from her home in Florida.  “He is held captive as a prisoner.”

A former Marine sergeant who had completed two tours in Afghanistan, Andrew Tahmooressi was moved Friday from a state penitentiary in Tijuana to a federal prison in Tecate, about 40 miles away.  Jill says it will be safer than the La Mesa prison where he had been during the past month.

On March 31, the 25-year old was arrested after he accidentally drove into Mexico on March 31st with three U.S. registered firearms after missing the final U-turn just before the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Tahmooressi had just moved down to San Diego to look for a job and find treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Tahmooressi was arrested for bringing guns into the country and later for trying to escape.

“This is the most agonizing of all Mother's Days I've ever had,” Jill said. “But I am also faithful and so is he.”

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 28. On Monday, Rep. Duncan Hunter sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel requesting the U.S. suspend cooperation with the Mexican military until the issue is resolved.

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