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U.S. Marine Released by Iran Heads Home to Flint

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The U.S. Marine who was recently freed from an Iranian prison was headed back home to Michigan on Thursday.

Amir Hekmati, who was sprung Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange along with Christian minister Saeed Abedini, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, and another American, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, was expected to arrive in Flint this afternoon, a spokesman for Rep. Dan Kildee confirmed to NBC News.

Hekmati, 32, who was born in Arizona, was arrested in 2011 when he traveled to Iran to visit his ailing grandmother. He was accused of spying and sentenced to death in January 2012.

Two months later, the Iranian…

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