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Zach Wilson is back home with his family just in time for Thanksgiving.

Wilson’s plane arrived around 2 p.m. Wednesday at Shreveport Regional Airport.

“It was scary for a while,” said his wife Lisa Wilson. “To know Zach is to love Zach. So, he makes an impact on anybody he meets whether that’s a stranger or someone he’s known all his life, that’s just who he is. He makes everyone feel special and you can’t help but to love him.” 

Wilson says he holds no ill feelings towards the Guatemalan government and that he’s just grateful to be home. 

“At one point, I was looking at a 15-year sentence,” Zach said. “At that point, I couldn’t see anything less than a seven and a half which would have been on good behaivor. It didn’t even seem real until I stepped on U.S. soil in Dallas. It’s slowly becoming even more real. I’m ready to hug everybody’s neck.” 

ORIGINAL STORY:

It’s the news Zach Wilson’s family and friends have been waiting for. 

His wife Lisa says that Zach is on a plane headed for the U.S.

On the Facebook page, ‘Bring Zack Home’ his wife wrote ‘Update: We are expecting Zack home today! God is so good! Thank you Jesus! He is on a plane right now to the US!  We will update more soon!’

The Keithville native was being held in a Guatemalan jail after being detained for having hunting ammunition in his bag. Wilson spent three months in a Guatemalan prison, before being placed on house arrest.

He was due to return home last week, but that return was delayed. 

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy and Congressman Mike Johnson both were involved in helping to get Wilson released. 

U.S. Representative Mike Johnson released the following statement:
 
“My colleagues and I have worked tirelessly with the Guatemalan authorities to ensure the safe and timely return of Mr. Wilson. I am pleased that all of our efforts have paid off so he can finally come home. I would like to thank Senator Cassidy, Guatemalan Ambassador to the U.S. Manuel Espina, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Todd Robinson, and their staffs for their assistance and continued engagement in this matter. All of us look forward to welcoming Zack back to the United States.”
 
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement:
 
“It is fitting that Zachary Wilson arrives home the day before Thanksgiving. We do give thanks—to Zachary for the mission that brought him to Guatemala; to Ambassador Espina and the Guatemalan government for expediting his judicial process; to the American embassy staff; and most of all to his wife Lisa and the many others who supported Zachary and prayed for resolution. Congressman Johnson and I were privileged to be involved.”

The Keithville native was being held in a Guatemalan jail after being detained for having hunting ammunition in his bag. Wilson spent three months in a Guatemalan prison, before being placed on house arrest.

He was due to return home last week, but that return was delayed. 

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy and Congressman Mike Johnson both were involved in helping to get Wilson released. 

U.S. Representative Mike Johnson released the following statement:
 
“My colleagues and I have worked tirelessly with the Guatemalan authorities to ensure the safe and timely return of Mr. Wilson. I am pleased that all of our efforts have paid off so he can finally come home. I would like to thank Senator Cassidy, Guatemalan Ambassador to the U.S. Manuel Espina, U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Todd Robinson, and their staffs for their assistance and continued engagement in this matter. All of us look forward to welcoming Zack back to the United States.”
 
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. released the following statement:
 
“It is fitting that Zachary Wilson arrives home the day before Thanksgiving. We do give thanks—to Zachary for the mission that brought him to Guatemala; to Ambassador Espina and the Guatemalan government for expediting his judicial process; to the American embassy staff; and most of all to his wife Lisa and the many others who supported Zachary and prayed for resolution. Congressman Johnson and I were privileged to be involved.”
 

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