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Brightwood man free after 8 months in Mexican jail

Family schedules Feb. 20 event for Troy Bachmann

After being arrested and held for more than eight months in a Mexican jail, a Brightwood businessman and father has been cleared of any wrongdoing and returned to the United States.

Troy Bachmann was cleared of all charges and released from the Venustiano Carranza correction facility in the Mexican state of Nayarit on Jan. 31, according to a news release from the Bachmann family. Bachmann flew to the U.S. the following day, and plans to spend a few weeks reconnecting with his wife and two children.

To celebrate Bachmann’s safe homecoming, the family is holding a “Welcome Home Troy” event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches. The shop is owned by Bachmann’s father, Mark Bachmann.

The 48-year-old Bachmann had been jailed since May 19, following allegations he owed money to farmers through his Fancy Fresh Farms produce importing company.

Bachmann and his family maintained his innocence, alleging that his employees victimized him by stealing from his accounts and spreading false rumors. During his incarceration, Bachmann shared a 5-foot-by- 10-foot cell with seven other inmates, and was required to purchase such necessities as blankets, food and drinking water.

During their ordeal, Bachmann’s family turned to the Mexican government and Oregon officials, including Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., for assistance.

“It was a celebrated effort involving international political figures, family and friends,” wrote Derek Bachmann, the family spokesperson.

An account has been set up to help Bachmann defray costs of his legal defense and to help offset the loss of his business. To donate, visit fundly.com/friends-of-troy.