OTR Interviews

Marine jailed in Mexico remains optimistic: 'I'm an innocent man'

Exclusive: Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi on how he missed road signs before his wrong turn into Mexico and his high hopes: 'I was in the hands of some bad military officials.' #MarineHeldinMexico


This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," June 5, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Our U.S. Marine still jailed in Mexico, still fighting hard for his freedom. We spoke with Sergeant Tahmooressi to get an update from him in a second rare interview, you only see right here from inside that Mexican prison. Sergeant, nice to talk to you again.



VAN SUSTEREN: All right. So, how are you?

TAHMOORESSI: I'm doing good, much better than I was when I first got here. That's for sure.

VAN SUSTEREN: In meaning what?

TAHMOORESSI: In meaning that, I'm in a cell all by myself now. Now, my cell is in an area of 10 total cells in that area I have by myself and the guards are friendly and I have everything I need. And I'm taken care of pretty well.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do they give you any indication inside the prison, whether it's from the warden or from anyone else that you might be going home soon? Is there anything like that?

TAHMOORESSI: No. There is no indication.

VAN SUSTEREN: Are they speaking -- are there English speaking people in the prison with whom you can communicate?

TAHMOORESSI: There are some guards that speak some broken English that I communicate with.

VAN SUSTEREN: But does that mean like in sentences like you can tell a story? You can have a conversation or is it more like I'm hungry or something very simple like that?

TAHMOORESSI: No, I could have -- yes, I could have a conversation with them not like we would be having a conversation, but it's -- it takes a lot of guessing, and -- but we kind of work through it and it's good.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is it lonely?

TAHMOORESSI: Yes, it's lonely. It's very lonely.

VAN SUSTEREN: So, how do you pass the day?

TAHMOORESSI: I am able to make phone calls once in the morning and once in the evening. So, phone calls, exercise, reading, praying and sleeping, pretty much it.

VAN SUSTEREN: I assume you have hope that you are going to get out?

TAHMOORESSI: Yes. I have high hopes.

VAN SUSTEREN: Based on what?

TAHMOORESSI: Based on that I'm an innocent man, I think I have a good lawyer. I think the -- I think the Mexican people -- a lot of the Mexican people know that I'm innocent, and that even they know that there's a lot of corrupt military and police officers in the government and that I think they see that, you know, this was just a mistake and that I was at the hands of some bad military officials.

VAN SUSTEREN: Now, when we talked before, we talked about the signs, and I have driven that route, that very same route you do. I would have missed signs. And I have said this over and over, because they come real fast and if it's dark at night and you are making that turn which is in the direction of San Diego, I would have missed -- I would have made that same turn. But, I'm curious, did you miss seeing those signs?


VAN SUSTEREN: So, you didn't see any of the signs that pointed towards Mexico or that -- anything at all, you are like I would have been.



VAN SUSTEREN: You can hear much more of our interview with Sergeant Tahmooressi tomorrow and in the come days right here On The Record.