U.S. Prisoner, Native of Idaho, Released by Venezuelan Government 

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A Pocatello native who had been held prisoner in Venezuela for two years was released from prison May 25 and officials confirmed that he would soon be reunited with family members in the United States.

According to East Idaho News, 26-year-old Joshua Holt was originally from Pocatello but more recently had lived in Utah. CNN reports that Holt had traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 to meet and marry his eventual wife, Thamara Caleno, who he had met while taking online Spanish lessons. But a short time later, Holt was accused of stockpiling weapons and attempting to destabilize the Venezuelan government, according to The Washington Post. 

Earlier this month, Holt posted a video from his jail on Facebook, pleading for help, writing, "I've been begging my government for two years. They say they're doing things, but I'm still here."

CNN reports that the Venezuelan government released Holt and his wife Friday to the custody of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas. The couple were scheduled to fly back to the United States Saturday afternoon and were presumably traveling to the White House.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter, writing that he was expecting to see Holt at the White House Saturday evening.
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