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Oregon Standoff Figure Sentenced to Prison

The judge cited Thorn's rough childhood and other factors in giving him a penalty lower than sentencing guidelines.

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017 3:30 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a Washington man to 18 months in prison for his role in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

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Darryl Thorn twice was on the verge of accepting plea bargains before ultimately going to trial earlier this year. Jurors in the second trial involving members of the Ammon Bundy-led occupation convicted him of conspiracy and possessing a firearm.

Thorn asked for leniency at Tuesday's sentencing, telling Judge Anna Brown he's been through "two years of hell" after performing guard duty during the weeks-long takeover over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Brown cited Thorn's rough childhood and other factors in giving him a penalty lower than sentencing guidelines.

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