Term 68 years for gun­man in stand­off

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

LAS VE­GAS — A fed­eral judge sen­tenced a Phoenix man Wed­nes­day to 68 years in prison for his role as a gun­man in a stand­off that stopped fed­eral agents from round­ing up cat­tle near the Ne­vada ranch of anti-gov­ern­ment ac­tivist Cliven Bundy three years ago.

Pros­e­cu­tors had sought a max­i­mum sen­tence of 73 years for Gre­gory Burleson af­ter he was con­victed of threat­en­ing and as­sault­ing a fed­eral of­fi­cer, ob­struc­tion and trav­el­ing across state lines in aid of ex­tor­tion.

But Chief U.S. District Judge Glo­ria Navarro in Las Ve­gas knocked five years off the rec­om­men­da­tion, not­ing that the 53-year-old Burleson has gone blind, has se­ri­ous health prob­lems and was once an in­for­mant for the FBI. Burleson’s at­tor­ney, Ter­rence Jack­son, said he will ap­peal. Navarro said she be­lieved Burleson and other armed men used “scare and bul­ly­ing tac­tics” to put fed­eral agents in such mor­tal fear that they aban­doned at­tempts to en­force court or­ders to round up Bundy’s cat­tle in April 2014.

Bundy, his sons Am­mon and Ryan, and two other de­fen­dants are due for trial later this year. Six oth­ers, in­clud­ing two other Bundy sons, are sched­uled for trial next year.

AP/The Vir­ginian-Pi­lot/AL­LI­SON HESS

Chin­coteague ponies go ashore Wed­nes­day dur­ing the ponies’ 92nd an­nual swim in Chin­coteague, Va., mak­ing it across the As­sateague chan­nel in four min­utes.

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