Miami-Dade Marine freed from Mexico jail says inmates threatened to behead him

January 4, 2013

Miami Herald, 1/3/2013

Guns by Flickr user barjackOnly days after U.S. Marine veteran Jon Hammar was thrown into a Mexican prison for carrying an antique shotgun into the country, gangsters in the jail warned him of his likely fate — beheading. “They threw every threat in the book at me,” Hammar said Thursday in his first public remarks since his release Dec. 21 after more than four months in prison. “They’d cut my head off, they told my family,” he said. The gangsters demanded money to let Hammar, 27, remain alive, and the beheading threat was a scare tactic that harkened back to his tours of duty as a U.S. Marine in Iraq.

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