President Donald Trump pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond Tuesday. The two Oregon ranchers whose prison sentences sparked the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, asked Trump to pardon the father and son from their sentences in June saying, “It's time for real justice, and President Trump can administer that.”
A Pendleton jury convicted the Hammonds of arson in 2012. Prosecutors said the men set a fire to destroy evidence of game violations.
The mandatory-minimum sentence for the charge was five years in prison. But, a federal judge went against the guidelines and delivered them a lighter sentence.