Bryan Hagerich Returns Home After Detention In Turks And Caicos Over Stray Ammunition

Bryan Hagerich, a 39-year-old father of two from Pennsylvania, arrived at the Pittsburgh airport on Friday night after being released from custody in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), where he had been detained since February for possessing stray ammunition in his luggage. Hagerich, a former professional baseball player, is one of five Americans arrested on the islands for this offense which carries a punishment of up to 12 years in prison.

Upon his return, Hagerich expressed his relief, stating, “Its just amazing how, just in the matter of 12 hours, looking at 12 years to now. My biggest concern is coaching my kids’ baseball games tomorrow, and that is such a relief.” He described his detention as the “hardest time” of his life, being separated from his family.

On Friday morning, a TCI judge issued a suspended 52-month sentence to Hagerich, who pleaded guilty to possessing ammunition on the islands. He was also ordered to pay a $6,500 fine. Hagerich told Fox News Digital on Thursday that he and his attorneys had made a strong case in his defense after his guilty plea.

Several lawmakers, including a bipartisan congressional delegation that visited TCI on Monday, advocated for the release of the detained Americans. U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) expressed his gratitude to the judge for sending Hagerich home and to the U.S. State Department for their critical role in the process.

While thankful to be reunited with his family, Hagerich stressed that there are still other Americans detained on the islands, whom he believes “will be home soon.” The cases of the five Americans, including Ryan Watson, Sharitta Grier, Tyler Wenrich, and Michael Lee Evans, share similarities, as all were arrested while traveling home after security detected ammunition in their luggage.