A leader behind the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is set to be sentenced in federal court at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. Federal prosecutors want the judge to sentence Jon Ritzheimer to two years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
Ritzheimer has pleaded guilty to one count of felony conspiracy. He arrived in Harney County in December 2015 and used social media to urge others to join him in Burns to protest.
“The oppression and tyranny that’s taken place here in Oregon, we know it’s taken place all across the U.S.," Ritzheimer said. "And we the people need to take a stand.”
A witness says Ritzheimer wore body armor at the refuge, carried an AR-15 style rifle and referred to himself as a quote “triggerman.”
Ritzheimer’s defense attorney says his client suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq while serving as a Marine.
His attorney argues the federal Bureau of Prisons can’t treat Ritzheimer’s condition and asks for a sentence other than prison.
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