Arizona man gets 68 years in prison for Bundy standoff

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A 53-year old has been sentenced to 68 years in prison for his involvement in the infamous Bundy standoff, a legal dispute between armed protesters and federal agents over seized acres of land.

A follower of Cliven Bundy in the infamous Bundy Standoff, that occured between 2014 to 2016, has been sentenced to 68 years in prison for his involvement of the Nevada-based standoff between armed protesters and federal agents.

Gregory Burleson, a participant in the Bundy Standoff, has been sentenced to 68 years in federal prison. The sentencing is particularly harsh given that no shots were fired, nor anybody injured.

Regardless, the judge decided to sentence the 53-year old what evidently will serve as a life sentence. As he sat in a wheelchair during his hearing, Burleson is already in poor health, and even if he makes it through his prison sentence, he wouldn't get out until he was 121 years old.

The standoff stemmed from a 20-year legal dispute between cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM). BLM had obtained court orders directing Bundy to pay over $1 million in withheld grazing fees for Bundy's use of federally owned land adjacent to his ranch in southeastern Nevada.

On March 27th of 2014, the BLM announced it had closed 145,604 acres of federal land in Clark County for "capture, impound, and removal of tresspass cattle", leaking over into Bundy's cattle ranch. BLM agents and rangers began rounding up livestock on April 5, making an arrest the next day. An armed confrontation between Bundy and federal agents began after a group of protesters, many armed, advanced on what BLM called "cattle gather".

Negotations between BLM officials and Bundy's group carried out for nearly two years. Now, one of those protesters have been handed a sentence that will likely result with him dying in jail.

During the protests and negotiations, Bundy traveled to Portland, Oregon, to aid his sons, Ammon and Ryan, in a federal standoff of their own at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Upon his arrival, Bundy was arrested and indicted for 16 federal felonies, along with his two sons, militia leader Ryan Payne, and broadcaster Peter Santilli, and an array of other members.

The standoff resulted in many members pleading guilty. Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, an accomplice in the standoff, was fatally shot while attempting to avoid a roadblock set up by federal agents.

Trials for other members are now upcoming after the first sentencing has been handed out. However, both of Bundy's sons have been acquitted on a long list of federal charges

U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarron, the judge in Burleson's case, defended her heavy sentencing, citing that charges against the 53-year old included "intimating a federal agent", obstruction, and extortion.

“That isn’t something that heals over with a scab,” Navarro said. “You can’t put it in a cast or stitch it up.”

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