Bundy Group In Oregon Indicted On Federal Charges
Sixteen people, including four who are still at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, have been indicted by a federal grand jury. They have all been charged with felony conspiracy. The charge is for using intimidation to prevent federal officers from doing their work at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, threatening violence against federal authorities, and using social media to urge others to join them. The federal charge carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison
Named defendants include standoff leader Ammon Bundy , and Kenneth Medenbach, who was arrested after being caught driving a government vehicle to a supermarket. The four remaining domestic terrorists are: David Fry, 27, of Blanchester, Ohio; Jeff Banta, 46, of Elko, Nevada; and Sean Anderson, 48, and Sandy Anderson, 47, from Riggins, Idaho. Sean and Sandy Anderson are a married couple.
The standoff began Jan. 2, 2016, with the group demanding the federal government turn public lands over to local control and free two ranchers imprisoned for setting fires.
Federal documents allege that once the occupation began, the group brandished firearms to keep officials from carrying out their duties, threatened violence and intimidated locals “to effectuate the goals of the conspiracy.”
Strained tensions in the Burn, Oregon community increased with the death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum on January 26, 2016. His death led to protests this week by those supporting the trespassers, while local residents rallied to urge the 4 holdouts to leave.
Please watch the following video for a bit of history into the Bundy Ranch and their Sovereign Citizen beliefs.