American pastor Andrew Brunson released after being held in Turkey for 2 years

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UPDATED 7:47 AM PT — Fri. Oct. 12, 2018

An American pastor is finally set free after two-years of imprisonment in Turkey.

On Friday, a Turkish judge ordered the release of North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson from house arrest. The court ruling was issued based on good behavior and time served.

The 50-year-old was sentenced to more than three -ears after being convicted on terrorism charges.

He was accused of collaborating with terrorist groups and participating in a 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, which he repeatedly denied.

A U.S. embassy official escorts Norine Brunson, the wife of US pastor Andrew Brunson, before his trial in Izmir, Turkey, early Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)

President Trump took to Twitter Friday morning, saying his thoughts and prayers are with pastor Brunson and he hopes he has a safe journey home.

This comes after the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Turkey to pressure the country to order his release.