Feds Sentence Oregon Ranchers to 5 Years in Prison for Setting Preventative Fires
Steven Hammond and his father Dwight Hammond were sentenced to federal prison for five years. (Capital Press)
The government charged the ranchers as “terrorists.”
The Oregon Farm Bureau reported:
Today two Oregon ranchers were sentenced to five years in federal prison under terrorism statutes for setting preventative fires on their own land. We are gravely disappointed at this outcome.
Elderly Harney County rancher Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, a former OFB Board member and Harney County Farm Bureau president, have already served time in federal prison for their mistakes and paid their debt to society for the less-than-140 acres of BLM land that was accidentally impacted by the fires.
This is an example of gross government overreach, and the public should be outraged.