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Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy Charged With Assault, Conspiracy

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Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff’s office via AP

This Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 booking photo provided by the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff’s office shows Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

Federal prosecutors in Las Vegas are charging Cliven Bundy with conspiracy, assault on a federal officer, obstruction, “the use and carry of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence,” extortion and aiding and abetting.

He is due to be in court in Portland Thursday afternoon.

A criminal complaint filed Thursday stems from Bundy's role at the center of a tense April 2014 armed standoff with federal officials near his ranch in Nevada.

It involved self-styled Bundy militia supporters pointing military-style weapons at federal agents trying to enforce a court order to round up Bundy cattle from federal rangeland near his ranch.

Bundy was arrested Wednesday night when he arrived at Portland International Airport from Las Vegas.

He's being held at the Multnomah County Jail pending an appearance in federal court. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer to represent him.

Bundy had traveled to Oregon to see his sons, Ryan and Ammon, who were being held in connection with their occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Shortly after Cliven Bundy was charged, three of the last four occupiers of the wildlife refuge surrendered to FBI agents Thursday morning. The final person, David Fry, surrendered after a tense conversation with negotiators. 

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His surrender played out over a phone call on an open line streamed live on the Internet by an acquaintance of Fry. Fry was on the call with his acquaintance and Nevada legislator Assemblywoman Michele Fiore who drove to the site to aid in the surrender. The occupiers had asked that she be there when they surrendered.

The four men have been indicted with conspiracy to interfere with federal workers and have previously said they wanted assurances they won't face arrest.

The four men were the last remnants of armed group that seized the refuge on Jan. 2 to oppose federal land use policies and the conviction of two Oregon ranchers for arson. The others, including the two Bundy brothers, were arrested Jan. 26 when they left the refuge. During the arrest operation, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was shot and killed. 

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

From NPR: Dispute Over Cattle Grazing Disrupts Patrols of Federal Land

From Desert Companion: Gimme that dang land!

From KNPR's State of Nevada: Why No Arrests in Armed Oregon Takeover

 

 

 

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