New charges added for Bundys, other militia

Superseding indictment unsealed

Ammon Bundy, left, and Ryan Bundy in mugs shot
Ammon Bundy, left, and Ryan Bundy in mugs shot from Feb. 19, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — New charges were added against some militia members who were already charged in connection to the standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

All of those charged in connection to the case, until Wednesday, had one charge against them: conspiracy to impede officers of the United States. The additional charges filed against some, but not all of the defendants, are as follows:

Ammon Bundy: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, he is now being with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities and use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

Ammon Bundy, left, and Ryan Bundy in mugs shot
Ammon Bundy, left, and Ryan Bundy in mugs shot from Feb. 19, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

Ryan Bundy: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities, use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence and theft of government property.

Militia member Jon Ritzheimer in a mug shot taken Feb. 19, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Militia member Jon Ritzheimer in a mug shot taken Feb. 19, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

Jon Ritzheimer: In addition to the conspiracy charge he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities, use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence and theft of government property.

Ryan Payne: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities and use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

Brian Cavalier: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities and use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

Shawna Cox, 59, was the only woman occupier arrested during a traffic stop along Highway 395 on January 26. (MCSO)
Shawna Cox, 59, was the only woman occupier arrested during a traffic stop along Highway 395 on January 26. (MCSO)

Shawna Cox: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, she is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.

Jason Patrick: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities and use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

Dylan Anderson: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.

Occupiers Sandra Anderson, Sean Anderson, David Fry and Jeffrey Banta shown in jail booking photos, February 11, 2016. (MCSO)
Occupiers Sandra Anderson, Sean Anderson, David Fry and Jeffrey Banta shown in jail booking photos, February 11, 2016. (MCSO)

Sean Anderson: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities, use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence and depredation of government property.

David Lee Fry: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities and use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

Jeff Wayne Banta: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.

Sandra Lynn Anderson: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, she is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.

Kenneth Medenbach: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, he is now being charged with theft of government property.

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Wesley Kjar: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.

Corey Lequieu: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities, use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

Jason Charles Blomgren: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.

Darryl William Thorn: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.

Geoffrey Stanek, Feb. 12, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Geoffrey Stanek, Feb. 12, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

Geoffrey Stanek: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.

Travis Cox: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.

Eric Lee Flores: In addition to the existing conspiracy charge, he is now being charged with possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.

All entered not guilty pleas. Ryan Bundy wants to represent himself, but retained a legal adviser. Medenbach also wants to represent himself and the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. There is another hearing for him Thursday.

A trial date will be set during a status conference on April 6.

Protesters at courthouse

Protesters from various groups gathered at the courthouse Wednesday to protest Tuesday’s revelation that an investigation into the death of militia spokesman LaVoy Finicum concluded that Oregon State Police were justified in shooting him.

Officials also announced Tuesday that the FBI was under investigation for two shots fired during the standoff by Hostage Rescue Team operators. It is still unclear which FBI agents fired the shots.

Increased security could be seen at the courthouse Wednesday.

Protesters outside of the courthouse, March 9 2016. (KOIN)
Protesters outside of the courthouse, March 9 2016. (KOIN)

KOIN 6 News will be at the courthouse all morning and update this story.

 

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