Members of the "Bundy Militia," domestic terrorists who took over a federal wildlife sanctuary last month, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for preventing federal employees from doing their jobs.
From NBC News:
The armed occupation, which began over a month ago at the Malheur National Wildlife Center, lost its momentum last week after its leaders, brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, were arrested during a traffic stop. Another occupier, Robert LaVoy Finicum, was fatally shot by authorities in the same incident.
A total of 11 people, including the Bundy brothers, were arrested, although two members of the group — including the only female — were later released from jail, The Associated Press reported.
Federal prosecutor Geoff Barrow told the AP on Wednesday that the indictment involves the people arrested so far "and others," perhaps a reference to the four people who have stayed put at the federal refuge — despite Ammon Bundy's calls for them to leave.
The indictment, which was unsealed Thursday and obtained by NBC News, alleges that the defendants conspired together since last October to prevent refuge employees from doing their work at the wildlife sanctuary "by force, intimidation, and threats."
The maximum penalty is six years in prison.
The Bundy brothers — sons of infamous Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy — remain jailed. The occupiers took over the refuge as part of a larger demand that the federal government turn public lands over to local control.
A small group of the militants continue to occupy the wildlife refuge.