Pennsylvania father imprisoned in Turks and Caicos for ammunition speaks out in exclusive interview with GMA after returning home

The Pennsylvania father detained in the Turks and Caicos Islands for having ammunition in his luggage said he is preparing for “the end of the world” as he waits to hear whether he will be sent to prison for more than 10 years.

In an exclusive interview with “Good Morning America,” Bryan Hagerich and his wife, Ashley Hagerich, said they had compiled a list of everything he would need if a judge sentenced him to the full 12-year prison term. The Turks and Caicos Islands have some of the strictest gun laws in the Caribbean.

“Being in prison is a completely different feeling and to this day I don't think you can prepare for it,” Hagerich told GMA correspondent Matt Rivers.

Bryan Hagerich, a father of two, pleaded guilty to possession of 20 rounds of ammunition after his arrest in February. He said he forgot there was hunting ammunition in his bag during his trip. He was forced to stay in the Turks and Caicos until his trial was complete.

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Bryan Hagerich faces 12 years in prison in the Turks and Caicos Islands after airport security found ammunition in his suitcase in February.

Ashley Hagerich told GMA that she brought two suitcases to the Turks and Caicos Islands in preparation for the sentencing hearing last Friday.

“The black suitcase was home [and] The green suitcase was Judgement Day,” she said.

In the end, the doomsday suitcase was not needed.

A judge sentenced Bryan Hagerich to 52 weeks' probation and a $6,700 fine, which he soon paid. He obtained his passport and returned to the United States without serving his sentence.

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He arrived back in Pennsylvania late Friday and hugged his children at the airport.

Bryan Hagerich was one of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands over the past six months because of the country's gun laws, which prohibit civilians from owning firearms and ammunition.

If the defendants violate the law, they face a prison sentence of at least 12 years.

Ryan Watson of Oklahoma, Michael Lee Evans of Texas, Tyler Scott Wenrich of Virginia and Sharitta Shinise Grier of Florida were charged after ammunition was found in their luggage.

Each of the defendants said they did not intentionally pack the ammunition. Evans was able to leave the island for health reasons while out on bail and is now awaiting sentencing.

The remaining Americans are free on bail but are not allowed to leave the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Meredith Deliso of ABC News contributed to this report.

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