On Friday afternoon, family spokesman Jonathan Franks told the AP that captive Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi will be released from a Mexican prison immediately, per a judge's order.
Sgt. Tahmooressi served two tours in Afghanistan and was back home in the United States when he inadvertently crossed the border into Mexico while his legally purchased and legally owned guns were in his truck. He was imprisoned in Mexico and has been there for almost 8 months. After the judge made the ruling, which did not address the question of guit or innocence of the charges against him, the family issued a statement.
"It is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in a Mexican jail."
Tahmooressi's plight has been the subject of much scrutiny and has garnered support from around the nation and the halls of Congress, some of whom have commented already on his release.
UPDATE: KUSI in San Diego reports that Tahmooressi is now back on U.S. soil and will be transported by private jet to Florida, along with his mother and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
UPDATE 2: CONFIRMED. Tahmooressi has indeed crossed the border and is back in the United States. He is expected at the airport before 11PM ET to fly back to his home state of Florida.
UPDATE 3: From Twitter
Andrew #Tahmooressi has now boarded the jet and is on his way to Florida. After 214 traumatic, uncertain, unjust days, a Marine heads home.— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) November 1, 2014