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Idaho man in Bundy standoff sentenced to 14 years in prison

Flanked by armed supporters, rancher Cliven Bundy speaks April 18, 2014, at a protest camp near Bunkerville, Nev. (John Locher / AP)
Flanked by armed supporters, rancher Cliven Bundy speaks April 18, 2014, at a protest camp near Bunkerville, Nev. (John Locher / AP)

LAS VEGAS – A judge has sentenced an Idaho man to serve 14 years in prison for his role in a 2014 standoff near the Nevada ranch of anti-government activist Cliven Bundy.

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas sentenced 51-year-old Todd Engel on Thursday after he was found guilty last year of obstruction and traveling across state lines in aid of extortion.

A judge dismissed charges earlier this year against Bundy, two of his sons and an independent militia leader related to the standoff near Bunkerville related to Bundy’s unpaid grazing fees.

No one was injured.

Engel’s lawyer Warren Markowitz told the Las Vegas Review-Journal it’s “very frustrating” when Bundy and “core defendants have not paid a price for the actions that Todd is now sitting in jail for.”

He plans to appeal.


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