Trump pardon for Oregon ranchers who inspired refuge standoff

  • Trump pardon for Oregon ranchers who inspired refuge standoff

Trump pardon for Oregon ranchers who inspired refuge standoff

"The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in OR imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement issued Tuesday on the full pardon of the Hammonds.

The Hammonds were convicted of crimes that require a mandatory minimum jail sentence of five years in prison under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.

Two imprisoned ranchers who were convicted of intentionally setting fires in 2012 on public land in OR will be freed after President Donald Trump pardoned them on Tuesday. The government appealed the sentence, and they were later given the maximum terms of five years in prison.

Jennifer Rokala, executive director of the environmental group Center for Western Priorities, argued in a statement that by pardoning the Hammonds, Trump has "sided with lawless extremists who believe that public land does not belong to all Americans".

The second imprisonment caused a local backlash. "The Hammonds are unsafe people with a long history of arson, illegal grazing, threatening violence against federal officials, and child abuse".

The pardons don't carry huge practical import; the Hammonds had already served most of their sentences.

"Whatever prompted President Trump to pardon them, we hope that it is not seen as an encouragement to those who might use violence to seize federal property and threaten federal employees in the West", Clark said.

This is a very distinct and selective version of the "law and order" he campaigned on, but one that holds enormous appeal to the only people President Trump really cares about: his base.

The return to prison of Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond helped spark the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in early 2016. Another key occupier, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, was fatally shot that day by Oregon State Police.

She noted that Dwight Hammond is 76 and has served about three years in prison and that Steven Hammond is 49 and has served about four years.

"The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds' responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges", said the White House. As a result, the judge imposed significantly lesser sentences. They have also paid $400,000 to the United States to settle a related civil suit. He has said he's considering thousands of other cases -famous and not. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.