Friday, April 29, 2016

Ammon Bundy offered to plead guilty to federal conspiracy after arrest, lawyer says

Three days after his arrest, Ammon Bundy offered to plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge in the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge if the government dismissed charges against others in custody and let people still at the refuge leave peacefully without arrest, his lawyer says.

Prosecutors rejected the offer.

Bundy "was willing to sacrifice his broader interests and risk his liberty for his fellow protesters,'' Bundy's lawyer, Mike Arnold, wrote in a motion filed Wednesday.

Arnold now is asking the court to delay a deadline for filing legal motions in the conspiracy case for 30 days to allow him to fully prepare his arguments in the case.

If not, Arnold requested an immediate trial for Bundy apart from his 26 co-defendants.

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