Oregon Standoff Ending? Oregon Militia Schedules Press Conference For Friday
The Oregon occupiers may soon be leaving the federal Malheur National Wildlife Refuge center where they have chosen to take a stand against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 11 days ago. Ammon Bundy and the other members of the “Oregon militia” have planned a community meeting for Friday to announce when the group plans to leave the premises.
The possible end to the Oregon standoff that was initiated, at least in part, to highlight the plight of rancher Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven Hammond, was announced by Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum. The wildlife refuge occupier said that during the Friday community meeting and press conference, the group will explain why they chose to take control of the wildlife refuge and to discuss when they will be leaving.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, were sent to prison for one year after they were indicted on federal arson charges. The men had initiated a controlled burn to remove underbrush close to their ranch to protect it from possibly being engulfed by the wildfires which plague the West every summer. The ranchers served their time and went back to raising livestock to fulfill the beef desires of hungry Americans, until a judge determined they had not spent enough time behind bars and sent them back to prison. Federal minimum sentencing guidelines for the crime they were convicted of mandate a five-year prison term.