President Trump pardons Eastern Oregon ranchers sentenced for arson

  • Source: KPIC-TV CBS 4
  • Published: 07/10/2018 08:11 AM

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.


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