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Bundys, Santilli face new charges in armed 2014 Nevada standoff

Cliven Bundy and three leaders of the 41-day Harney County wildlife refuge occupation face new federal charges in connection with the April 2014 standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada.

A 51-page criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Nevada’s U.S. District Court hits Cliven Bundy and his sons, Ammon and Ryan, Ryan Payne and Internet talk show host Pete Santilli with 16 counts of conspiracy to assault, injure and impede federal officers, using extortion to interfere with interstate commerce and obstruction of justice.

According to the complaint, the Bundys, Payne and Santilli conspired to block federal officers from removing nearly 400 head of cattle from Cliven Bundy’s ranch in early April 2014 during a conflict on unpaid grazing fees. The Bundys and Payne are accused of setting up an armed camp and using their weapons to threaten federal officers. Santilli is accused of using his YouTube talk show to whip up supporters and to call for action in the conflict.

Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Payne and Santilli are in Multnomah County’s Inverness Jail facing a charge of using threats to impede federal employees for their part in the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. Ammon and Ryan Bundy and Payne were leaders of the standoff that included nearly two dozen armed militants who took over the refuge compound on Jan. 2 and renamed it the Harney County Resource Center.

They were arrested Jan. 26 during a traffic stop on Highway 395 about 20 miles north of Burns, as they traveled to a community meeting in John Day. During the stop, 54-year-old Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was shot to death by Oregon State Police when he refused to surrender, while apparently reaching for a 9mm handgun in his jacket.

The refuge occupation ended Feb. 11 when the final four holdouts surrendered one by one after a couple of tense hours of negotiations.

Cliven Bundy was arrested Feb. 10 when he flew to Portland. A federal judge ordered him held until his trial on six charges handed down Feb. 11.