Trump pardons ranchers whose arrests led to armed occupation of wildlife refuge

Trump pardons ranchers whose arrests led to armed occupation of wildlife refuge

US President Donald Trump has pardoned a rancher from OR state and his son whose convictions led to a weeks-long armed standoff at a wildlife refuge in 2016.

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.

The two men, Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, were convicted in 2012 for setting fire to federal lands where they held grazing rights for their cattle.

But President Obama's Department of Justice appealed, and in 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the administration's favor.

Prosecutors won an appeal and the Hammonds were re-sentenced to serve the mandatory minimum.

Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven Hammond were granted executive grants of clemency by Trump, according to a White House statement.

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

"It's also not clear yet if other ranchers who graze their cattle on public lands might decide to openly defy federal laws, [with] the Hammonds being pardoned", Kirk says.

Cliven Bundy said he was glad Trump pardoned the Hammonds.

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A full pardon grants broader absolution, which undercuts the dangerousness of setting fires and indicates that public land can be burned without outcome, Weiss said.

The federal government's approach to the Hammonds reflects "prosecutorial misconduct" that's evident in other cases, said Ramona Morrison, daughter of deceased Nevada rancher and "Sagebrush Rebellion" icon Wayne Hage.

Led by Ammon Bundy, protesters occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge from January 2 to February 11, 2016.

During the siege that gripped the nation in early 2016, one of the armed ranchers was shot dead by police while trying to drive to a nearby public meeting.

The pardons fit into a trend for Trump, who has taken to using his clemency powers in cases that have drawn attention in conservative media.

Sanders defended the Hammonds as "devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West".

The Hammonds said they started a fire on their property in 2001 to protect it from wildfires and reduce the growth of invasive plants, but that the fire got out of hand, CNN affiliate KTVZ reported. She has urged the president to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, who is serving a life sentence without parole for a nonviolent drug offense.

Dwight Hammond has served about three years of his sentence and Steven Hammond has served about four of his. Although prosecuted under a post-Oklahoma City federal anti-terrorism law that carried a minimum five-year sentence, sentencing Judge Michael Hogan exercised judicial discretion and refused to impose the mandated minimum.

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