November 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Militia Movement

PORTLAND, [OR]--A man who tried to get Mormon church leaders to mediate an end to last year’s occupation of a federal wildlife center in Oregon by armed militants was sentenced on Wednesday to two years on probation for his own brief role in the takeover. Wesley Kjar, 33, a Utah native who prosecutors said acted as a bodyguard for occupation leader Ammon Bundy in the early days of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge siege, pleaded guilty last June to a single count of conspiracy to impede federal officers. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison. Federal prosecutors had recommended Kjar (pronounced “Care”) be confined to his home during the first five months of his two-year probation. But U.S. District Judge Anna Brown ordered him to perform 250 hours of community service instead, attorneys for both sides in the case confirmed to Reuters. The brief duration of Kjar’s role in the six-week occupation and his lack of a prior criminal record both factored in the leniency of his sentence. Kjar stayed at the refuge just five days, he said, because he objected to the direction the occupation took. View More>>

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