Jailed Marine in Mexico Faces Judge

The U.S. Marine who claims to have accidentally crossed the border will appear before a Mexican judge facing gun charges.
2:14 | 05/28/14

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We turn, now, to the U.S. Marine being held in a Mexican jail, arrested nearly two months ago for crossing the border with three loaded guns. He says it's all a mistake. And this morning, he'll make his case to a judge. Pierre Thomas is in Washington with the story. Reporter: Good morning. A U.S. Marine reservist says he has done nothing wrong. He's in jail in Mexico fighting for his freedom. After nearly two months in jail, U.S. Marine tahmooressi will face a judge for gun charges. He was out for a drive home, accidentally took the wrong exit. Left California and ended up in Mexico. He said he volunteered to Mexican authorities that he had legally registered weapons in his car. I'm having a little bit of an emergency here. Reporter: Here he is, calling 911 on March 31st, at the time, asking for help. I crossed the border by accident. And I have three guns in my truck. And they are trying to possess. They're trying to take my guns from me. So, you're in Mexico? Yeah. There's nothing I can help you with, sir. I do apologize. You're not on American soil anymore. I can't really help you. Reporter: But Mexican authorities did not believe his story and locked him up. He now faces years in jail if convicted. The state department is actively engaged in the case. But so far, no breakthrough. Tahmooressi, who did two tours of duty in Afghanistan, described his desperation in this interview. So desperate, he says, he even tried to escape. I was nervous, you know, because I was missing my family. Didn't seem like I had any hope at all. Started messing with me. I want all of the legislators to know that we've got a marine who desperately needs his freedom. I mean, he fought for this country, willing to die. Reporter: This is complicated. According to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, in Mexico, you're guilty until proven innocent. And Mexican authorities have been concerned about the flow of guns from the U.S. Thanks. Let's get the latest on Donald sterling and the L.A.

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