Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Who Inspired Bundy Militia Occupation of Wildlife Refuge

Lester Mason
July 10, 2018

Dwight Hammond, 76, has served roughly three years of his five-year sentence while his son, 49-year-old Steven Hammond, has served four years in prison. Though they served their original sentences for the conviction - Dwight serving three months, Steven serving one year - an appellate judge ruled in 2015 that the terms were too short under federal minimum sentencing laws and the Hammonds were resentenced to serve the mandatory minimum.

The Hammonds were convicted in 2012 on two counts of committing arson on federal land.

President Trump on Tuesday granted pardons to father-and-son cattle ranchers in southeastern OR who were sentenced to serve prison time on two separate occasions for the same charges of arson on public lands.

The pardons fit into a trend for Trump, who has taken to using his clemency powers in cases that have drawn attention in conservative media.

The White House in a statement on Tuesday called the order to return the two to prison "unjust".

The White House said evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds' responsibility for the fire was "conflicting", and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.

The Oregon Farm Bureau also released a statement on the pardons, thanking everyone who "worked to end the injustice done to Steven and Dwight Hammond". As a result, the judge imposed significantly lesser sentences.

The statement went on to accuse the Obama administration of overzealous prosecution of the father and son.

The Hammonds were convicted of crimes that require a mandatory minimum jail sentence of five years in prison under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.

The White House just announced that President Donald Trump has issued pardons to Dwight Lincoln Hammond Jr and Steve Hammond. The pair had also coughed up $400,000 to settle a civil suit with the feds.

"The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West", Sanders said, adding: "Justice is overdue". If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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