Jailed Marine: Chances 'Pretty Good' at Wednesday's Hearing

Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 05:38 PM

By Greg Richter

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Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the Marine jailed in Mexico for three months on weapons charges, says he believes a judge will be swayed by his side of the story when he tells it on Wednesday.

Speaking by phone Tuesday on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," Tahmooressi said, "I think the chances are looking pretty good," that the judge will believe him. He did not speculate on whether the judge will immediately free him if he rules in his favor.

It is Tahmorressi's first chance to tell his side of the story, which will be countered by two of the border patrol agents who took him into custody early April 1.

"And hopefully the judge will see that my story is probably 99 percent accurate or 100 percent accurate, and their stories are maybe 15 or 20 percent accurate," Tahmooressi told Tapper.

Tahmooressi served two tours in Afghanistan and had moved to the San Diego area for treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

He says he made a wrong turn trying to return from a trip to Tijuana and was funneled back across the border. He said he was unable to turn around before he was on Mexican soil.

Tahmooressi said he immediately reported his mistake to Mexican border officials and told them about three guns in his vehicle, but was arrested and has been held ever since. The guns were legally owned in the United States but are illegal in Mexico.

Asked by Tapper what lesson he has learned, Tahmooressi said he will "make sure I know where I'm going next time. Look at a map."

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