American journalist Danny Fenster, second from left, is greeted by his brother, Bryan Fenster, left, his mother, Rose Fenster, second from right, and his father, Buddy Fenster, after arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

It's been a “long time coming, a moment I had been imagining so intensely for so long," a bearded and shaggy-haired Danny Fenster said after landing in New York. "Surpasses everything I had imagined.”

In this photo provided by the Richardson Center, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson, right, poses with journalist Danny Fenster in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (The Richardson Center via AP)

American journalist Danny Fenster, who was recently sentenced to 11 years of hard labor after spending nearly six months in jail in military-ruled Myanmar, was freed and on his way home Monday, a former U.S. diplomat who helped negotiate the release said.

This photo provided by the family courtesy shows Danny Fenster posing for a photo in Yangon, Myanmar, in 2020. (family courtesy photo via AP)

A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Friday sentenced U.S. journalist Danny Fenster to 11 years in prison with hard labor, the maximum penalty under three charges, despite calls by the United States and rights groups for his release.