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Final Defendant Sentenced for Malheur Wildlife Refuge Takeover

Blaine Cooper of Humboldt was sentenced Tuesday to time already served in prison. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy nearly two years ago.

Posted: Jun. 12, 2018 2:02 PM
Updated: Jun. 12, 2018 2:14 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Arizona man has become the final person sentenced for participating in the armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon.

Blaine Cooper of Humboldt was sentenced Tuesday to time already served in prison. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy nearly two years ago.

On the trial:

“I firmly believe that our communities and state are stronger because of our shared experience responding to and litigating the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. 

"Our message is clear,” continued Williams, “taking up arms because you don’t like how things are done will never be accepted as a lawful way to protest here in Oregon or elsewhere.”

He was one of 26 people initially charged with conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The group seized the bird sanctuary Jan. 2, 2016, and held it for 41 days in a protest against the imprisonment of two ranchers.

Fourteen defendants ultimately pleaded guilty to either conspiracy or trespassing, and another four were convicted by a jury. Sentences ranged from probation to three years in prison.

Seven defendants, including occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy, were acquitted in a trial ending in October 2016. Charges were dropped against another defendant. (end AP article)


CLICK HERE for news released today about an FBI agent on trial for the same standoff at Malheur Wildlife Refuge.


Here are the full list of the takeover participants who have been tried and sentenced in court:

  1. Dylan Anderson, 37, of Provo, Utah - Sentenced to one year of probation and $1,000 restitution after pleading guilty to one count of misdemeanor trespassing.
  2. Sandra Anderson, 50, of Riggins, Idaho - Sentenced to one year of probation and $1,000 restitution after pleading guilty to one count of misdemeanor trespassing.
  3. Sean Anderson, 50, of Riggins, Idaho - Sentenced to one year of probation and $1,000 restitution after pleading guilty to one count of misdemeanor trespassing.
  4. Jason Blomgren, 44, of North Carolina - Sentenced to two years’ probation and $3,000 restitution after pleading guilty to one count each of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S. and possession of a firearm in a federal facility.
  5. Brian Cavalier, 47, of Bunkerville, Nevada - Sentenced to time served in prison, two years’ supervised release, and $7,000 restitution after pleading guilty to one count each of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S. and possession of a firearm in a federal facility.
  6. Blaine Cooper, 38, of Humboldt, Arizona - Sentenced to time served in prison and $7,000 restitution after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S.
  7. Travis Cox, 23, of Bend, Oregon, - Sentenced to two years’ probation and $3,000 restitution after pleading guilty to one count each of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S. and possession of a firearm in a federal facility.
  8. Duane Ehmer, 47, of Irrigon, Oregon - Sentenced to one year and one day in prison, three years’ supervised release, and $10,000 restitution after being found guilty on one count of depredation of government property and one count each of misdemeanor trespassing and tampering with vehicles and equipment.
  9. Eric Flores, 24, of Tulalip, Washington - Sentenced to two years’ probation with home detention after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S.
  10. Wesley Kjar, 34, of Manti, Utah, - Sentenced to 250 hours of community service, two years’ probation, and $3,000 restitution after pleading guilty to one count each of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S. and possession of a firearm in a federal facility.
  11. Corey Lequieu, 47, of Fallon, Utah - Sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years’ supervised release after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S.
  12. Joseph O’Shaughnessy, 46, of Cottonwood, Arizona - Sentenced to time served in prison, two years’ supervised release, and $7,000 restitution after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S.
  13. Jason Patrick, 46, of Bonaire, Georgia - Sentenced to 21 months in prison, three years’ supervised release, and $10,000 restitution after being found guilty on one count of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S. and one count each of misdemeanor trespassing, tampering with vehicles and equipment, and destruction and removal of property.
  14. Ryan Payne, 34, of Anaconda, Montana - Sentenced to 37 months in prison, three years’ supervised release, and $10,000 restitution after pleading guilty to one count each of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S. and possession of a firearm in a federal facility.
  15. John Ritzheimer, 34, of Peoria, Arizona - Sentenced to one year and one day in prison, one year in a residential reentry center, three years’ supervised release, and $10,000 restitution after pleading guilty to one count each of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S. and possession of a firearm in a federal facility.
  16. Jake Ryan, 29, of Plains, Montana - Sentenced to 12 months in prison, three years’ supervised release, and $10,000 restitution after being found guilty on one count of depredation of government property and one count each of misdemeanor trespassing and tampering with vehicles and equipment.
  17. Geoffrey Stanek, 28, of Lafayette, Oregon - Sentenced to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S.
  18. Darryl Thorn, 33, of Monument, Oregon - Sentenced to 18 months in prison and $5,000 restitution after being found guilty of one count each of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S. and possession of a firearm in a federal facility and one count each of misdemeanor trespassing, tampering with vehicles and equipment, and destruction and removal of property.

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