SHREVEPORT, La. (KNOE) - In March, Zachary Wilson, a resident of Shreveport, packed his bags for a one-week-long mission trip in Guatemala. Little did he know, the short trip would turn into a long nightmare.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) during a town hall meeting on June 30, 2017.
Wilson was arrested on his way back home when police found hunting ammunition in his carry-on bag.
He was held at a jail near Guatemala City and is currently out on bail under house arrest with a missionary in Guatemala.
The family's biggest concern is Wilson's health.
He has ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition that can become life-threatening if left untreated.
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) was able to meet with the Ambassador Monday where he spoke about the importance of getting Wilson back home.
The Senator believes this was a positive step in the process.
"I am optimistic that he will get home, and I am optimistic that he will get home sooner, not later," Senator Cassidy said. "I can't guarantee it, but again, the Ambassador, once he saw the medical issues that were involved and the urgency of it... I have a sense that compassion will rule."
A trial has been re-scheduled for February of 2018, but Senator Cassidy is working alongside Wilson's attorney to accelerate that process.