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Finally Free: Marine Held in Mexico Released

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(CNN) -- U.S. Marine reservist Sgt. Andrew Paul Tahmooressi arrived in Miami on Saturday morning after he was freed from detention in Mexico, where he was held for seven months.

Tahmooressi boarded a flight from San Diego late Friday, shortly after his release.

"It is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in Mexican jail," his relatives said in a statement.

Tahmooressi was held on weapons charges after his arrest March 31 at a checkpoint in Tijuana, Mexico.

At the time, Mexican customs agents found three firearms in his truck, including a .45-caliber pistol, a pump shotgun and an AR-15 rifle. Mexico has strict federal laws on bringing weapons into the country.

Since his arrest, Tahmooressi has maintained that he took a wrong turn on the California side of the border and accidentally crossed into Tijuana.

"I think he's thrilled," family spokesman Jonathan Franks told CNN on Saturday morning.

"It's setting in. They need a little bit of time to reconnect as a family," Franks said.

The Mexican court said it found no cause to prosecute him on charges of carrying two firearms used exclusively by the military, possessing cartridges used exclusively by the military and carrying a firearm without a license

It also recommended he be treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

In May, his mother said he served with the Marines in Afghanistan, and had moved to the San Ysidro, California, area to get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

"He has unresolved, or untreated PTSD, and he cannot get the cognitive therapy behavior that veterans of America receive ... in a Mexico jail, where there is no such thing," Jill Tahmooressi said earlier this year.

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he was among those who pressed for Tahmooressi's release, and visited the former Marine at Mexico's El Hongo federal prison last week.

"I think the Mexican judge made the right choice ... because of PTSD, on humanitarian grounds, (that) he should be released," Richardson told CNN on Saturday morning.

"He's a good young man," Richardson said. "He served two tours in Afghanistan. He's suffered enough."

Paul Tahmooressi has described a suicide attempt with a shattered light bulb after being punched, slapped, cursed at, deprived of water and food, and shackled to a bed with a four-point restraint in a Mexican prison.

Conditions improved after media coverage of his plight, he said.

Mexican prison authorities have denied the abuse allegations.

The Richardson Center for Global Engagement said Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico, visited him last week at El Hongo federal prison in Mexico and was instrumental in securing his release.

CNN's Joe Sutton and Fidel Gutierrez contributed to this report.

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