September 30th, 2014
12:40 PM ET

Mom of Jailed Marine Speaks Out

The mother of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico, is speaking out before a hearing in Washington Wednesday to discuss his case.

"We’re hoping to build momentum,” Jill Tahmooressi told CNN's Michaela Pereira.

Jill will be testifying at the hearing tomorrow, along with talk-show host Montel Williams.

Andrew Tahmooressi has spent the last six months in a Tecate, Mexico, prison on a weapons charge.

He was arrested at a checkpoint in Tijuana, Mexico, after Mexican customs agents found three firearms in his truck, including a .45-caliber pistol, a pump shotgun and an AR-15 rifle.

The Marine reservist's mother said they have had four hearings in Mexico on his case so far, but she was still awaiting the results of a court report on his mental health at the time of the interview.

The session tomorrow is being called by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), a lawmaker who has visited Andrew in his prison cell and has called for his release.

“At least there are quite a few dots that are connected so I am feeling more optimistic,” Jill Tahmooressi said.


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