The latest on the return to the United States of former Iranian prisoner Amir Hekmati (all times local):

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4:40 p.m.

A former U.S. Marine recently released from Iran in a prisoner-swap deal says he's grateful to be home in Michigan.

Amir Hekmati emerged from a plane Thursday afternoon at Flint's Bishop International Airport. He expressed appreciation for the "many people" who "traveled this road with me."

The 32-year-old Hekmati was at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since his weekend release. He recounted Tuesday how disbelief turned to joy when he and three fellow Americans realized they were being freed.

Asked about his 4½ years in Iranian prison, Hekmati said "it wasn't good," but that his Marine training helped sustain him.

Convicted by an Iranian court of spying and sentenced to death in 2012, Hekmati was later retried and given a 10-year sentence on a lesser charge.

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4:15 p.m.

A former U.S. Marine recently released from an Iranian prison in a prisoner-swap deal has landed in his home state of Michigan.

The plane carrying Amir Hekmati arrived Thursday afternoon at Flint's Bishop International Airport. He's emerged to waiting reporters and well-wishers, including members of the American Legion.

The 32-year-old Hekmati was at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since his weekend release. He recounted Tuesday how disbelief turned to joy when he and three fellow Americans realized they were being freed.

Asked about his 4 1/2 years in Iranian prison, Hekmati said "it wasn't good," but that his Marine training helped sustain him.

Convicted by an Iranian court of spying and sentenced to death in 2012, Hekmati was later retried and given a 10-year sentence on a lesser charge.

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9 a.m.

A former U.S. Marine recently released from an Iranian prison in a prisoner-swap deal is returning to Michigan.

The office of Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee says Amir Hekmati is scheduled to arrive Thursday afternoon at Flint's Bishop International Airport.

The 32-year-old Hekmati has been at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since his release over the weekend. He recounted Tuesday how disbelief turned to joy when he and three fellow Americans realized they were being freed.

Asked about his 4 1/2 -years in Iranian prison, Hekmati said "it wasn't good," but that his Marine training helped sustain him.

Convicted by an Iranian court of spying and sentenced to death in 2012, Hekmati was later retried and given a 10-year sentence on a lesser charge.