LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Cliven Bundy, his two sons and two others were indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with a 2014 protest and alleged assault against law enforcement officers near his Nevada ranch.
Ryan Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Payne and Peter Santilli Jr. were also indicted.
All five people face the following felony charges:
- One count of conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer
- Four counts of using and carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence
- Two counts of assault on a federal officer
- Two counts of threatening a federal law enforcement officer
- Three counts of obstruction of the due administration of justice
- Two counts of interference with interstate commerce by extortion
- One count of interstate travel in aid of extortion
The charges stem from a tense standoff with federal officers near Bunkerville, Nevada.
According to a criminal complaint, Cliven Bundy and the four other defendants are accused of leading hundreds of supporters into a confrontation that had snipers on a freeway overpass training their sights on agents who were trying to enforce a court order and round up 400 Bundy cattle.
The indictment also includes five counts of criminal forfeiture, and would require forfeiture of property derived from the proceeds of the crimes totaling at least $3 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The five defendants are currently in custody in Oregon. Ryan Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Payne and Santilli were arrested during a 41-day armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon.
Cliven Bundy was arrested at Portland International Airport when he arrived from Las Vegas to visit his sons in jail.
A federal judge ruled Bundy was a flight risk and a danger to the community, and ordered that he remain in jail until his trial.
The defendants’ Nevada court appearances have not yet been scheduled.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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