- Adam Rosenlund
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy; his sons, Ammon and Ryan; and two other men stood in a federal court in Portland, Ore., Feb. 17, where they were slapped with 16 charges related to a 2014 armed standoff near Bundy's ranch.
Ammon and Ryan Bundy were ringleaders in the recent armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. After the younger Bundys were jailed in connection with the Oregon occupation, the patriarch flew from Nevada to Oregon where he, too, was promptly arrested.
"Persons who use force and violence against federal law enforcement officers who are enforcing court orders, and nearly causing catastrophic loss of life or injury to others, will be brought to justice," U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden said.
Cliven Bundy has been denied bail by a Oregon federal court judge, who said Bundy was a flight risk. If convicted, the 69-year-old Bundy could spend the rest of his days in a federal prison.
Meanwhile, prosecutors with the U.S. Justice Department told the Los Angeles Times that Bundy's ranching operation in Nevada was "unconventional if not bizarre," adding Bundy's cattle were unvaccinated; susceptible to illness; left outside in harsh winter conditions; had little contact with humans; regularly grazed on federally protected lands; and even showed up in public parks, on golf courses or on highways.