The current situation in Oregon taking place on the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, appears to be escalating. The entire ordeal involving; big government overreach, regulations and arrest of two Oregon ranchers has been going on for years, beginning with Bureau of Land Management issues with the Hammond cattle grazing fees and the refusal to sell their private property when approached by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

In addition, the Hammonds were forced build and maintain miles of fences, which placed a financial hardship on the family.

The father and son ranchers are scheduled to begin five-year prison sentences after previously serving time for “Terrorist” activity, including performing a routine prescribed burn on their ranch. The fire exceeded their private property, which the Hammonds put out themselves.

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The entire court proceedings and compliance with government regulations has become a nightmare for the Hammond family.

U.S. Military Veteran and protesters arrived in support of the Hammonds and are prepared to stay there indefinitely.

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On the final day, Judge Hogan kept pushing them to make a verdict. Several times during deliberation, Judge Hogan pushed them to make a decision. Judge Hogan also would not allow the jury to hear what punishment could be imposed upon an individual that has convicted as a terrorist under the 1996 act. The jury, not understanding the customs and cultures of the area, influenced by the prosecutors for 6 straight days, very exhausted, pushed for a verdict by the judge, unaware of the ramification of convicting someone as a terrorist, made a verdict and went home.

(q) June 22, 2012, Dwight and Steven were found guilty of starting both the 2001 and the 2006 fires by the jury. However, the federal courts convicted them both as “Terrorist” under the 1996 Antiterrorism Act. Judge Hogan sentenced Dwight (Father) to 3 months in prison and Steven (son) to 12 months in federal prison. They were also stipulated to pay $400,000 to the BLM. Hogan overruling the minimum terrorist sentence, commenting that if the full five years were required it would be a violation of the 8th amendment (cruel and unusual punishment). The day of the sentencing Judge Hogan retired as a federal judge. In his honor the staff served chocolate cake in the courtroom.

(r) On January 4,, 2013, Dwight and Steven reported to prison. They fulfilled their sentences, (Dwight 3 months, Steven 12 months). Dwight was released in March 2013 and Steven, January 2014.

(s) Sometime in June 2014, Rhonda Karges, Field Manager for the BLM, and her husband Chad Karges, Refuge Manager for the Malheur Wildlife Refuge (which surrounds the Hammond ranch), along with attorney Frank Papagni exemplifying further vindictive behavior by filing an appeal with the 9th District Federal Court seeking Dwight’s and Steven’s return to federal prison for the entire 5 years.*

(t) In October 2015, the 9th District Court “resentenced” Dwight and Steven, requiring them to return to prison for several more years. Steven (46) has a wife and 3 children. Dwight (74) will leave Susan (74) to be alone after 55 years of marriage. If he survives, he will be 79 when he is released.

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