Young occupier pleads guilty in Oregon standoff case

Prosecutors will recommend Travis Cox serve 8 months of home detention

Dwane Ehmer
Cowboy Dwane Ehmer, of Irrigon Ore., a supporter of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, rides his horse at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, near Burns, Ore. Three Oregon sheriffs met with leaders of an armed group to try to persuade them to end their occupation of the federal wildlife refuge after many local residents made it plain that's what they want. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The youngest occupier from this winter’s takeover of an Oregon bird sanctuary has pleaded guilty.

At the federal courthouse in Portland, 21-year-old Travis Cox admitted Wednesday that he conspired with others to impede federal workers from doing their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Prosecutors will recommend that Cox serve eight months of home detention with credit for time served.

The defendant from Redmond, Oregon, was arrested in Utah in April. He’s the ninth man to plead guilty to conspiracy among the 26 people indicted in the case.

Most of the other defendants – including occupation leader Ammon Bundy – are scheduled to go to trial in September.

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