Jury acquits all 7 leaders of Oregon standoff

The seven leaders of an armed group who took over a wildlife refuge in Oregon earlier this year were found not guilty Thursday of conspiracy and possession of firearms at a federal facility.

A jury exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five other codefendants of conspiring to block federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in a standoff that began Jan. 2 and lasted almost six weeks.

Some of the defendants also were charged with possession of firearms at a federal facility and were acquitted on that count too.

The standoff began Jan. 2 and lasted nearly six weeks, bringing new attention to a long-running dispute over control of federal lands in the West.

The Bundys are still facing charges in Nevada stemming from a high-profile 2014 standoff with federal agents trying to round up their father Cliven Bundy's cattle.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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