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Family of Oregon man in Mexican prison 'back at square one'

Posted: Updated: Oct 16, 2015 09:35 PM
Troy Bachmann, courtesy of his family. Troy Bachmann, courtesy of his family.

The family of an Oregon man who is being held in a Mexican prison tell Fox 12 they thought his case was over and he was finally coming home, but they’re now back at square one.

Troy Bachmann has been in Venustiano Carranza Prison in Tepic, Nayarit since May, on charges of agricultural fraud – charges his family say are completely false.

His brother, Derek Bachmann, previously told Fox 12 Troy has been in business in Mexico for 20 years, but his trouble started this spring when he hired a new bookkeeper for his company, “Fancy Fresh Farms.”

He started noticing discrepancies in the accounting, and when he was in the U.S. on business, the woman drained his bank account and spread rumors that he planned to leave the country without paying his workers.

On May 19th, Derek says Troy got a call from his workers saying they wanted to meet to settle their differences.

“It was a complete trap,” Derek Bachmann told Fox 12 in September.  “When he got up there the police were pretty much waiting for him and they just cuffed him, didn’t tell him any reason why he was being arrested, didn’t allow him to make any kind of phone calls, they completely violated every constitutional – Mexican constitutional – rights.”

Derek Bachmann spoke with Fox 12 again Friday afternoon, explaining that his brother’s case finally came before a judge and that Troy was found to be innocent.

Their family was on the highest of highs, expecting him to finally come home, but then they were suddenly brought to the lowest of lows Thursday with the news that an appeal had been filed – not by the farmers, but by the DA of the prison.

That could take another six months to be heard in court, Derek said.

“The feeling is mostly anger right now, and kind of deflated.  We thought it was over,” Derek Bachmann said via Skype Friday.  “I don’t think there’s anybody who doesn’t know my brother’s innocent – that’s the worst part of it is we’re completely powerless from this position.”

Derek said, despite reaching out to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, the Consulate in Guadalajara and congressional leaders, the family feels like they’ve been abandoned by the American government and don’t see any real work being done to bring Troy home.

“My brother served his country.  Don’t you think it’s time for his country to serve him?” Derek added.  “To leave someone stranded like that doesn’t make any sense to me.”

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