A man who tried to get Mormon church leaders to mediate an end to last year’s occupation of a federal wildlife center in Oregon by armed militants was sentenced on Wednesday to two years on probation for his own brief role in the takeover.
Ryan Bundy invoked personal freedom and constitutional rights, God and religion, state history and his family’s deep roots in the desert landscape Wednesday as he proclaimed his innocence to a federal jury.
Opening statements started Tuesday in the trial of Southern Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and an independent militia organizer who prosecutors say lured crowds to an armed standoff with Bureau of Land Management agents.
A judge agreed to release Ryan Bundy, who has been acting as his own attorney while behind bars for nearly two years, to a federal halfway house.
Three defendants in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff trial will not be released from custody for the trial, while a fourth still has a chance.
A judge denied a motion to dismiss the federal case against Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and Montana independent militia man Ryan Payne.
A portion of a northern Arizona roadway is being renamed in honor of LaVoy Finicum, a controversial figure who was killed by state police during the prolonged occupation of a federal wildlife refuge 22 months ago.
A trial for Gold Butte rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and another man was delayed Tuesday for at least a week.
Jurors are expected to hear opening statements early next week from lawyers representing the lead defendants in a 2014 standoff with federal agents, including rancher Cliven Bundy and two of his sons.
Jury selection begins Monday in Las Vegas for rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons Ryan and Ammon and independent militia leader Ryan Payne.