Two Oregon occupiers guilty of conspiracy in second trial

Kenneth Medenbach's attorney Matt Schindler tells reporters outside the courthouse that defendant Jason Patrick told him he has

A jury on Friday found two men guilty of conspiracy and acquitted two others in a trial over the 2016 armed standoff at an OR wildlife refuge.

Last October, another trial over the 41-day standoff ended with the acquittal of anti-government activist Ammon Bundy and six of his followers, who cast their protest as a patriotic act of civil disobedience in opposition to US government control over millions of acres of public lands in the West.

The Bundys and other key figures were arrested in a January 26 traffic stop outside the refuge that ended with police fatally shooting occupation spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum. But Ryan, and co-defendant Duane Ehmer were acquitted of the conspiracy charge.

On Friday, the jury that had spent much of the week in deliberations found Jason Patrick and Darryl Thorn guilty of conspiracy for preventing refuge workers from doing their jobs.

The men face sentencing at a later date.

The second trial's verdicts mark a stark contrast to last October's trial, which ended in acquittals for occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy, as well as five others.

The complete story is on the Oregon Public Broadcasting website.

There was no dispute the group seized the refuge and established armed patrols.

"The government's case relied heavily on testimony from law enforcement - largely FBI agents - but also several federal employees who worked at the refuge". Last fall a different jury acquitted organizers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and other defendants.

"You look to the actions", Knight said in his closing argument. The jury found they had used an excvator to dig trenches at the refuge.

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