2nd Malheur defendant wants to withdraw guilty plea

Eric Lee Flores says he has "newly discovered evidence"

A sign at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Feb. 12, 2016 (KOIN)
A sign at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Feb. 12, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A second defendant in the Oregon ranching standoff case has asked to withdraw his guilty plea.

Prosecutor Ethan Knight addresses the jury during closing arguments, October 18, 2016 (Sketch: Deborah Marble)
Prosecutor Ethan Knight addresses the jury during closing arguments, October 18, 2016 (Sketch: Deborah Marble)

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Eric Lee Flores says “newly discovered evidence” presented at the recent trial of seven people who took over a federal wildlife refuge in a 41-day armed standoff with authorities is grounds for the plea withdrawal.

Flores’ lawyer, Ernest Warren Jr., says testimony from FBI informants revealed that they were encouraging others to violate the law and escalate confrontations with officers. Prosecutors said during the trial that 15 FBI informants were involved in the investigation of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, including nine who were at the refuge during the takeover.

Flores was scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 8.