Bundy Brothers to stay in jail until trial

Federal Judge Robert Jones said he's concerned they would not appear for trial

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. (AP) — A judge has ruled that two brothers accused of leading an armed standoff at a remote Oregon wildlife refuge will remain in jail ahead of their federal trial.

(L-R) Brian Cavalier, Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, January 2016. They and 5 others were arrested by the FBI on Jan. 26, 2016 (KOIN)
(L-R) Brian Cavalier, Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, January 2016. They and 5 others were arrested by the FBI on Jan. 26, 2016 (KOIN)

Ammon and Ryan Bundy and others occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for more than a month this winter to protest federal land policy and the imprisonment of two ranchers for starting fires.

Federal Judge Robert Jones has granted pretrial release to many of the men and women indicted on conspiracy charges in the case but decided Tuesday to keep the Bundys behind bars.

Jones says he’s concerned they won’t appear for trial and might attempt to recruit supporters for another occupation. The trial is currently set for Sept. 7.

The 41-day standoff ended Feb. 11 and included the shooting death of occupation spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum by authorities during a traffic stop.

More than two dozen people were indicted on charges of conspiring to impede Interior Department employees from doing their jobs at the refuge. Eight men have pleaded guilty, including Ryan Payne. who admitted Tuesday he conspired with others to prevent Interior Department employees from doing their jobs this winter at the Malheur National Wildfire Refuge.

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