The Ore. Ranchers Got A Militia's Help Whether They Wanted It Or Not
The Hammond family, in whose name a militia occupied an Oregon wildlife refuge, did not ask the militia to intervene and has disavowed their actions.By Steven Sparkman | January 3, 2016
An Oregon wildlife refuge might be the site of the next major standoff between anti-government militias and federal agents — and it's even splitting opinion within the militia movement. (Video via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
The story centers around two ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were convicted of arson in 2012 for setting fires that spread to Steens Mountain, a federally protected area.
The Hammonds have already served time but are now being sent back to prison. An appeals court ruled their original judge had no authority to reduce the men's sentences below the minimum five years.