Vigil held in Bay City for former Marine being held in Iran

Family members and a member of the U.S. Congress spoke this morning at a vigil being held on the third anniversary of the Iranian imprisonment of a Michigan man.

The former Marine, Amir Hekmati, was raised in Michigan and his parents live in the Flint area.

Hekmati was arrested in August of 2011 and sentenced to death for spying while he was in Iran visiting his grandmothers. Iran's Supreme Court annulled the sentence, but Hekmati was later convicted of "cooperating with hostile governments" and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The vigil was held at Dunlop's Downtown at 521 Washington Avenue in Bay City.

Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint), who attended the event, said in an earlier statement that Hekmati has been "wrongfully held ... for crimes he did not commit." He adds Iran could show it "is serious about rejoining the global community" by releasing Hekmati.

A sign held at the vigil says he has now been held 1095 days.