Last suspect sentenced for the Oregon refuge acquisition

PORTLAND, Ore. – An Arizona man has become the latest person convicted for participation in the armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in southeast Oregon.

Blaine Cooper from Humboldt, was on Tuesday sentenced to time already served in prison. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy almost two years ago.

He was one of the 26 men initially charged with conspiring to prevent federal officers from doing their work on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The group grabbed the bird sanctuary Jan. 2, 2016, and held for 41 days in protest against the arrest of two farmers.

Fourteen suspects eventually pleaded guilty to either conspiracy or penetration, and the other four were convicted by a jury. Sentences ranged from probation to three years in prison.

Seven suspects, including occupation leaders, Ammon, and Ryan Bundy, were acquitted in a process that ends in October 2016. Charges were dropped against another suspect.

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