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Bail Denied for Captured Members of Armed 'Militiamen' Who Invaded Oregon Wildlife Refuge

Ammon (left) and Ryan Bundy: Leaders of the "militiamen" who took over an Oregon wildlife refuge by force of arms.
Both are now under arrest after a shootout that left one of their followers dead.


By Gregg Zoroya
Four remaining armed militia members continued their occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge Saturday, one day after a federal judge denied bail to ringleader Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan and three co-defendants.

The holdouts at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near the town of Burns posted videos Saturday where one of them told the camera, "we're not dead yet," according to the Associated Press. The standoff began Jan. 2

The Oregonian identified those remaining at the refuge as David Fry, 27, of Blanchester, Ohio; and Sean Anderson, 47, his wife, Sandy, 48, and Jeff Banta, 46, of Elko, Nev.

Ammon Bundy 40, of Emmett, Idaho, argued during a federal hearing in Portland on Friday that he should be allowed to post bail and go free because the protest was not violent and there was never an armed standoff, according to media reports of the court session.

"My only desire is to be home with family and take care of my wife and children," Ammon Bundy, who was arrested earlier this week, told the judge.

But Judge Stacie Beckerman said the protest was not peaceful.

"There are no conditions I could impose that would guarantee the safety of the community or that he (Ammon Bundy) would come back to the district of Oregon for trial," Beckerman said, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Bundy, head of an anti-government group, had been holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since Jan. 2, when he and his followers seized its headquarters south of Burns as part of a long-running dispute over public land use in the West.

Eleven people have been arrested in connection with the standoff. They have been charged with felony conspiracy to use force, intimidation or threats to impede federal officers — the employees of the refuge — from discharging their duties.

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