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Trump, Hatch: American jailed in Venezuela returning to US

FILE - In this July 13, 2016 file photo, Laurie Holt holds a photograph of her son Josh Holt at her home, in Riverton, Utah. Josh Holt has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said on Twitter Saturday, May 26, 2018, that Joshua Holt had been released. President Donald Trump tweeted that it was “good news,” adding that Holt “should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 P.M.” (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.

Sen. Orrin Hatch says on Twitter that Joshua Holt has been freed. President Donald Trump tweets that it's "good news," and says Holt is expected to land in Washington, and come to the White House with his family at about 7 p.m.

Holt's family says "we are grateful to all who participated in this miracle."

His release comes after lobbying by his family and U.S. officials.

Holt had gone to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry a woman he met online while looking for Spanish-speaking Mormons who could help him improve his Spanish. He was arrested on suspicion of weapons charges.

Hatch says Holt's wife had also been released.


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