Rancher faces 42 years in prison and up to $1.5 million in fines
FEBRUARY 12, 2016
The US Attorney’s office has issued a federal indictment against Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy following his arrest at the Portland International airport late Wednesday.
The complaint claims the rancher spearheaded a conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, in addition to five other charges: Assault on a Federal Law Enforcement Officer; Use and Carry of a Firearm In Relation to a Crime of Violence; Obstruction of the Administration of Justice; Interference with Commerce by Extortion; and, Aiding and Abetting.
From the indictment, discussing the 2014 “Bundy standoff” in Bunkerville:
“The 200 Followers in the wash included a significant number brandishing or raising their assault rifles in front of the officers. Some of these gunmen took tactically superior positions on high ground, while others moved in and out of the crowd, masking their movements behind other unarmed Followers. The most immediate threat to the officers came from the bridges where gunmen took sniper positions behind concrete barriers, their assault rifles aimed directly at the officers below.”
“To achieve his objectives,” the complaint reads, “BUNDY and his co-conspirators recruited, organized and led a force of hundreds of people to threaten and use force and violence to prevent the law enforcement officers from discharging their duties and to coerce their consent to abandon the cattle that were, pursuant to court order, lawfully in their care and custody and which they were duty bound to protect.”
The indictment goes on to say officers “believed they were going to be shot and killed,” suggesting some of the people who stood by Bundy during the epic standoff could be charged as well.
“Seeing the combined force arrayed against them – an organized crowd of more than 400, more than 60 among the crowd carrying or brandishing rifles or pistols, 40 supporters on horseback, militia snipers concealed on the bridges above them with their rifles zeroed-in on the officers, militia gunmen intermingled with the crowd using the unarmed people to shield their movement, militia gunmen in over-watch positions on high ground – the officers believed they were going to be shot and killed.”
Bundy faces 42 years in prison and up to $1.5 million in fines if convicted.
Check out the rest of the indictment below:
FBI SWAT Teams Cliven Bundy At OR Air Port
Sub for more: http://nnn.is/the_new_media | KOIN — Cliven Bundy, the patriarch of a Nevada ranching family, was arrested upon arrival at PDX Wednesday night. The 74-year-old was arrested by Portland FBI agents on a federal hold. His specific charges have not yet been released.
WARNING: THE VIDEO BELOW CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT
(Update: As requested we have posted the full unedited 27 minute video)
OREGON – In a statement, Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon, described the events depicted in the video below that lead to the death of LaVoy Finicum:
As the white truck approaches the roadblock, there is a spike strip across the road but it appears Finicum missed it as he attempted to drive around the roadblock. He nearly hits an FBI agent as he maneuvers to the left. The truck gets stuck in the snowbank.
Finicum leaves the truck and steps through the snow. Agents and troopers on scene had information that Finicum and others would be armed. On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket.
At this time, OSP troopers shot Finicum.
According to law enforcement officials four people still remain at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Nine people have left since the FBI set up checkpoints surrounding it and six of those people were released. Three others were arrested.
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