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Oregon refuge occupier, formerly of Spokane, jailed amid mental health concerns

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 9:16 p.m.

PORTLAND – A federal judge has revoked the release of a man convicted of conspiracy during last-year’s armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that Darryl Thorn was taken into custody Wednesday. The judge recommended he undergo a mental health evaluation because of concerns about suicidal threats he had made.

Thorn was convicted in March of conspiracy to impede federal officers along with other charges. He had been freed pending his sentencing in November.

Defense lawyer Jay Nelson said Thorn never meant to hurt himself or others. He said Thorn has had trouble finding work and a place to live after moving from Spokane to the small eastern Oregon town of Monument in June.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Gabriel said Thorn represents a danger to himself and others.


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