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Scott Calls On Kerry To Help Weston Marine Jailed In Mexico

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DAVIE, FL - MARCH 28:  Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks to the media as he attends the ribbon cutting for the opening of a I-595 Express Project on March 28, 2014 in Davie, Florida. The Governor finds himself dogged by questions about recent resignations by one of his top fundraisers, Mike Fernandez, as well as Gonzalo Sanabria, a longtime Miami-Dade Expressway Authority board member, who is reported to have resigned Thursday from his post to protest the disparaging and disrespectful treatment of Mike Fernandez, the former co-finance chairman of Gov. Rick Scotts campaign."  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

DAVIE, FL – MARCH 28: Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks to the media as he attends the ribbon cutting for the opening of a I-595 Express Project on March 28, 2014 in Davie, Florida. The Governor finds himself dogged by questions about recent resignations by one of his top fundraisers, Mike Fernandez, as well as Gonzalo Sanabria, a longtime Miami-Dade Expressway Authority board member, who is reported to have resigned Thursday from his post to protest the disparaging and disrespectful treatment of Mike Fernandez, the former co-finance chairman of Gov. Rick Scotts campaign.” (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Governor Rick Scott has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry requesting help from the Department of State to release a marine, from Weston, jailed in Mexico for almost three months.

Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi has been held in a Mexican jail, facing three fire arm charges since March 31st.

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi looks down from his seat in a Marine combat vehicle during one of his combat tours in Afghanistan 2010-2012. Tahmooressi is now in a Tijuana prison on weapons charges. (Family photo courtesy Jill Tahmooressi/MCT)

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi looks down from his seat in a Marine combat vehicle during one of his combat tours in Afghanistan 2010-2012. Tahmooressi is now in a Tijuana prison on weapons charges. (Family photo courtesy Jill Tahmooressi/MCT)

Tahmooressi, 25, served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. He had moved to San Diego for treatment.

Tahmooressi, according to his mother, was driving to meet up with a friend when he made a wrong turn and ended up crossing the border, with all his belongings, including legally purchased U.S. guns, in his pick-up.

In the letter, dated June 27th, Scott “respectfully” requests that Kerry “personally engage the Mexican government and use the resources of the Department of State to intervene on Andrew’s behalf to resovle this matter quickly so that he can return home.”

Scott calls the Department of State’s “inaction” on Tahmooressi’s behalf, “unsettling.”

Also in the letter, Scott mentions the jailed marine’s mother, Jill Tahmooressi, who has been vocal since her son’s arrest, organizing rallies in an effort to release her son.

Scott’s letter reads that Jill Tahmooressi has, “expressed frustration on the lack of support she’s received from your colleagues in the Administration during this difficult time. Reports also indicate that Andrew’s morale continues to diminish the longer he languishes in the Mexican prison.”

“He has been at the hands of gang members who tried to kill him and he had to survive a tortuous, severe beating,” said Jill Tahmooressi said during a protest in Miami held on Saturday, May 31st.

READ: Locals Rally For Release Of Jailed Marine From Weston 

Scott ends the letter thanking Kerry, saying he will wait for him to take “actions on behalf of Andrew’s well-being and safe return.”

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