Friday, May 24, 2024

Brecheen responds as first of 5 Americans sentenced, released from Turks and Caicos

Congressman Brecheen Responds to Turks & Caicos Sentencing of Bryan Hagerich: “A Step Towards Common Sense Prevailed”

Washington, D.C. (May 24th) – Congressman Josh Brecheen issued the following statement after the sentencing of Pennsylvania’s Bryan Hagerich—one of five Americans being detained by the Turks and Caicos government for inadvertently having ammunition in their luggage. 

“I am glad to see that a step towards common sense prevailed and Bryan Hagerich of Pennsylvania will be able to return to the U.S. after paying a fine,” said Congressman Josh Brecheen. “His months spent detained in Turks and Caicos already is not right and should not be seen as just moving forward for the others awaiting trial. We are hopeful this outcome sets a precedent for the four other detained Americans, including Oklahoma’s own Ryan Watson. Ryan and the others deserve both expedited and just decisions. What I said directly to Turks and Caicos’ Premier and their Attorney General remains true: the pending cases are priority number one, but long-term fear will remain for U.S. citizens traveling to Turks and Caicos unless this law is modified. The threat of a twelve-year prison sentence for accidentally leaving a few bullets in your bag is not justice.”

(For more on this story, read Brecheen returns from bipartisan trip to Turks and Caicos, pushes for release of 5 detained Americans.)


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