Trevor Reed, a former Marine who was released last month after spending nearly three years in prison in Russia, told CNN about the harrowing conditions he faced, adding that he feared for his life while in a psychiatric facility.


What you need to know

  • Trevor Reed, a former Marine who was released last month after spending nearly three years in prison in Russia, told CNN about the harrowing conditions he faced
  • The former Marine said he feared for his life while in a psychiatric facility where most of his cellmates were jailed for murder
  • A full interview with Reed and his family will be broadcast Sunday night, but CNN’s “New Day” showed excerpts Friday morning
  • Reed participated in a prisoner exchange between the United States and Russia on April 27

In an interview with the network, the Texas native said he was placed in a cell along with seven other inmates who had serious psychological problems. Most of them, he said, were jailed for the murders, some for several murders.

“It was a bad place,” Reed, 30, told Jake Tepper on CNN. “There’s blood all over the walls. Prisoners killed themselves or killed other prisoners or tried to do so. The toilet is just a hole in the floor, and horseradish is everywhere, on the floor, on the walls. There are also people who walk like zombies. “

Reed said he did not sleep the first couple of days of his stay at the facility because he was too worried.

“Did you think they could kill you?” Tapper of CNN asked him.

“Yes, I thought it was a possibility,” Reed replied.

A full interview with Reed and his family will be broadcast Sunday night, but CNN’s “New Day” showed excerpts Friday morning.

Reed participated in a prisoner exchange between the United States and Russia on April 27. The former Marine was arrested in the summer of 2019 after Russian authorities accused him of attacking an officer when he was taken to a police station after a night of drunkenness. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Reed and his family deny the allegations, and the U.S. government has called him unjustly detained.

In exchange for Reed, the United States released Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who was serving a 20-year federal term for smuggling cocaine into the country.

In an interview with CNN, Reed said he was trying to distract himself in prison, thinking about future plans, such as what college he could go to or what he could do with his family.

But he also said he refuses to hope to ever be released.

“Other people will not like what I have to say about this, but I saw their hope as a weakness,” he said. “I didn’t want to have this hope that I would be released and then taken away from me.”

Source by [author_name]

Previous articleTesla boss Elon Musk outrages Biden, Democrats on Twitter
Next articleNext Dallas Stars head coach Rick Bownes has resigned