JUST IN: Jury Announces FINAL Verdict For Oregon Standoff Leaders! [VIDEO]

JUST IN: Jury Announces FINAL Verdict For Oregon Standoff Leaders! [VIDEO]

Americans across the country followed the saga of the Bundy family. In January, Ammon Bundy took over a federal building in Oregon, along with a group of protesters. All of them were heavily armed. This led to a government standoff which lasted for 41 days and only ended after one of the protesters, Lavoy Finicum, was shot and killed. 24 people were arrested and the trial for the first 7 came back with a shocking verdict: not guilty.

(ROB KERR/AFP/Getty Images)

(ROB KERR/AFP/Getty Images)

10 months after taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a jury found Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Neil Wampler, Kenneth Medenbach, Shawna Cox, Jeff Banta and David Fry all not guilty. The trial was originally supposed to last until Thanksgiving, so people were shocked when it was resolved this early.

Just one day earlier, a juror had to be dismissed when his impartiality became suspect. An alternate juror was called in and just hours later, a verdict was reached. In addition to acquitting the 7 defendants of conspiring to impede federal workers from doing their jobs at the refuge, some of them were also charged with possession of firearms at a federal facility, charges which were also acquitted.

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Both Ammon and Ryan Bundy aren’t off the hook yet, though. They’re still under federal indictment in Nevada for the role they played in the standoff at the Bundy ranch in 2014 with their father Cliven. Bundy’s attorney, Marcus Mumford, proclaimed in court that his client should be allowed to go free after the verdict and was tackled to the ground and detained by 10 US Marshals. He was also tased.

7 more of the occupiers still have to stand trial. Oregon Governor Kate Brown released a statement expressing her disappointment over the verdict on Twitter:

Does this bode well for the remaining group awaiting trial? Only time will tell.

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