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Freed trucker recounts experience in Mexican prison

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He slept on the cold floor and feared for his safety, but Jabin Bogan says his faith got him through a bewildering ordeal.

The Dallas truck driver who spent seven months in a Mexican prison after making a wrong turn with a trailer full of ammunition spoke out today about what happened.

Bogan was detained in April, after he took the wrong exit near the border on his way to Arizona. He says he followed a border guard's directions to turn around and found himself in Mexican territory, where he was arrested.

After months of legal wrangling, his smuggling conviction and three-year prison sentence was commuted, and he was set free the day after Thanksgiving.

"No matter how bad it got, no matter how many tears I shed, no matter how much I felt like I was by myself, I prayed. That's one thing I never stopped doing," said Bogan Wednesday at a news conference in Dallas.

He recounted living in a five-bed cell with eight other inmates. Bogan said he slept on the floor under one of the beds.

Bogan he also described the fear of being in a place where very few people spoke English.

"When I first got there, I didn't eat for like three weeks," he said.

He also said one of the guards struck him.

When asked if he was angry about what happened, Bogan replied, "I was at first, but after you come out of something like that, who can you be mad at?"

The 27-year-old father says he will return to driving trucks, but stick to local routes.


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