Oregon: President Trump Pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond, the Case that Sparked the Takeover of the Refuge

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President Trump pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond, father and son ranchers who were convicted of malicious arson in 2012 for setting a fire on public lands in Oregon, where 50% of the land is considered to be public federal lands. The Hammonds claimed the fire was started on their property to protect it from wildfires and burn off invasive species and it inadvertently spread and reportedly burned 139 acres of federal land. The arson crime carried a minimum prison sentence of five years, but a sympathetic federal judge decided the penalty was too stiff and gave the father and son much lighter prison terms. An appeals court re-sentenced them to mandatory 5-year prison terms. The Hammonds have paid $400,000 to the US to settle a civil lawsuit. This action led to the to the armed occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon for 41 days in 2016, and protester LaVoy Finicum was ambushed and killed.

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Thank you, President Trump!