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Remaining Oregon occupiers say they want pardons

6 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Friday, January 29 2016 Jan 29, 2016 January 29, 2016 4:55 PM January 29, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

BURNS, Ore. - A federal judge says she won't release from jail three of the main figures behind an armed standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman said at court hearings Friday for group leader Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne that they pose a danger to the community and she's concerned they won't follow orders to return to Oregon for criminal proceedings.

She says she would release people only if the standoff ends. Four holdouts still are occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Ammon Bundy's lawyer, Lissa Casey, says her client is not aligned with those remaining at the refuge and wants to go back to his family in Idaho.

Casey said of Bundy: "He is done in Harney County; his message has been sent."

In a video posted Friday to the YouTube channel "DefendYourBase," which the group has been using to give live updates, the occupiers said they were in contact with the FBI.

A speaker believed to be David Fry said he asked the FBI whether it was possible to "get out of here without charges," but "they keep saying that's not possible."

He asks "why can't they pardon all of us?" and says their demand is reprieves for all involved.

Eleven people have been arrested, and a judge has said none of them will be released from jail until the standoff ends.

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