…And Sometimes the Guilty Go Free


As we struggle to understand how the Bundy defendants were acquitted by the jury, there’s a key fact you need to understand: the criminal justice system is imperfect, Sometimes the innocent are convicted; sometimes the guilty go free.

In United States v. Bundy, it’s not clear whether the acquittal of all seven defendants on all charges was a result of juror manipulation, sloppy prosecution, jury nullification, facts that fit the statutes poorly, bad jury instructions or something else. Maybe it was just a successful Backstrom Defense. But the result is that the first seven defendants in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge trespass will skate. Ammon and Ryan Bundy, Shawna Cox, David Fry, Dylan Anderson, Jeff Banta and Kennet Medenbach will skate on the Oregon charges. WC will reserve speculation on the consequences of the acquittal for a future post. Right now, it’s time to update the player list.

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Here’s an updated guide to the 26 various Bundy defendants in the Malheur occupation, tracking the status of their cases. The focus here is the Malheur charges; there are some references to the Cliven Bundy Nevada cases as well. There’s a passel of Bundys and their camp followers; if you find an error drop WC an email.

Name Charges Status Notes
Corey Lequieu Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Felon in Possession of Firearm Plead to Conspiracy, Sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, 3 years supervised release, restitution Not required to testify at trial of other defendants.
Scott Willingham Theft of Government Property Plead guilty; awaiting sentencing  
Travis Cox Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials Plead guilty, awaiting sentencing December 6 Youngest defendant
Ryan Payne Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials Plead guilty, awaiting sentencing November 18 Still pending charges in the Cliven Bundy case.
Blaine Cooper Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials Plead guilty, awaiting sentencing November 18 Still 11 pending charges in the Cliven Bundy case.
Brian Cavalier Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility Plead guilty, awaiting sentencing September 30 Acted as Ammon Bundy’s personal bodyguard
Jason Blomgren Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility Plead guilty ro Conspiracy charge, awaiting sentencing October 14
Geoffrey Stanek Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials Plead guilty ro Conspiracy charge, awaiting sentencing October 7 The guy in the watchtower
Eric Flores Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials Plead guilty to Conspiracy charge, awaiting sentencing December 8
Wesley Kjar Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials Plead guilty ro Conspiracy charge, awaiting sentencing October 28 Only on the Refuge a week
Scott Willingham Theft of Government Property Plead guilty to one count, awaiting sentencing September 23 Stole cameras
Ammon Bundy Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility Acquitted on Oregon charges; Nevada charges still pending Also pending charges in Nevada
Ryan Bundy Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility, Theft of Government Property, Depredation of Government Property Acquitted on Oregon charges; Nevada charges still pending Also pending charges in Nevada
Jon Ritzheimer Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility, Theft of Government Property, Depredation of Government Property Awaiting trial, scheduled for February 14
Shawna Cox Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility Acquitted
David Fry Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility Acquitted
Jason Patrick Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility Awaiting trial, scheduled for February 14
Dylan Anderson Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility Acquitted
Sean Anderson Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility, Depredation of Government Property Awaiting trial, scheduled for February 14
Jeff Banta Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility Acquitted
Sandra Anderson Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility Awaiting trial, scheduled for February 14
Darryl Thorn Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility Awaiting trial, scheduled for February 14
Kenneth Medenbach Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials Acquitted
Joseph O’Shaughnessy Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials Awaiting trial, scheduled for February 14
Dylan Anderson Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility Awaiting trial, scheduled for February 14
Duane Ehmer Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials Awaiting trial, scheduled for February 14
Jake Ryan Conspiracy to Impede Federal Officials, Possession of Firearms in a Federal Facility Awaiting trial, scheduled for February 14
Name Charges Status Notes

WC will try to update this page as events proceed.

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