Three years ago, law enforcement officers had to confront an infuriated mass of supporters for Cliven Bundy. The cattle ranger received a settlement of $1 million after a legal dispute with the state that lasted for 20 years. The allegations pointed at Bundy using federal property adjacent to his land for grazing without paying taxes. The moment the disputed land was closed for the removal of any trespasser, the Bundy standoff was born.
At Least 19 Bundy Standoff Participants Are on Trial Including Cliven Bundy
Gregory Burleson aged 53 is a rancher in Phoenix. He was one of the supporters who participated in the 2014 armed confrontation with law enforcement agents. However, Burleson is one of the few participants who received a trial. He was found guilty of various charges such as justice obstruction, extortion aid, and firearm offenses.
The controversial event took place at Bundy’s ranch in the vicinity of Bunkerville, Nevada. It was the outcome of the decision of the federal officers to seize renegade rancher’s cattle. The pretext was Bundy’s refusal to honor the settlement of $1 million after the judge found him guilty of using government land without paying the necessary taxes.
Gregory Burleson is just the first out of 19 participants in the Bundy standoff that received the verdict of his trial. The second supporter is going to hear the sentence in the month of September. Four other defendants received a mistrial, yet the legal battle will be resumed in Nevada. By the end of this year, Cliven Bundy himself together with his sons are going to face justice as well.
Another participant started his lawsuit by pleading guilty. His sentence was therefore limited to seven-year prison term. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas stated that another one who confessed to his crimes would receive his sentence in January.
Prosecutors described Burleson and other five acolytes as Bundy’s armed followers. They appeared on Bundy’s property from the neighboring states to protect him with rifles and other weapons. There were other hundreds of ranchers who got involved in the Bundy standoff.
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