Eric James Parker, 32, and Steve Arthur Stewart, 36, are two of 14 new defendants charged with one count of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer, and at least one count of using and carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction of the due administration of justice, interference with interstate commerce by extortion and interstate travel in aid of extortion.
Bundy and seven other people named in a redacted indictment obtained Thursday following the arrest of alleged co-conspirator Jerry DeLemus in New Hampshire were already identified by federal authorities as having taken part in both the Nevada standoff and the occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.
A 64-page indictment alleges DeLemus and eight defendants “planned, organized, led, and/or participated as gunmen in the assault, all in order to threaten, intimidate, and extort the officers into abandoning approximately 400 head of cattle that were in their lawful care and custody”.
In addition to conspiring among themselves to plan and execute these crimes, the defendants recruited, organized and led hundreds of other followers in using armed force against law enforcement officers in order to thwart the seizure and removal of Cliven Bundy’s cattle from federal public lands.
The charges stem from an incident in Bunkverville, Nev., in April 2014 that served as a sort-of flash point for those opposed generally to government intervention and to federal management of western lands.
Bundy was arrested last month on charges stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with federal officials in Nevada who were rounding up Bundy’s cattle over unpaid grazing fees.
Bundy and four others, including two of his sons, were indicted in February and face 16 felony charges related to the standoff.
He referenced accounts spread on social media that federal law enforcement officers stormed the DeLemuses’ condo, heavily armed, to make the arrest. “What kind of government do we have?“.
Charges were previously leveled against Cliven Bundy, his sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy, Ryan Payne, of Anaconda, Montana; and Peter T. Santilli Jr. of Cincinnati.
DeLemus is charged with travelling to Nevada to answer Cliven Bundy’s “call-to-arms”, but he was too late and missed the August 12 confrontation, federal prosecutors said.
Officials said at the time that Bundy owed more than $1.1 million in fees and penalties for grazing illegally for about 20 years.
In Utah, David Bundy was arrested just after 7 a.m. Thursday at the site of a home the Millard County contractor is building for his family just south of Delta, his wife told The Salt Lake Tribune. Fighting back tears, she told the Union Leader that was all she would say about the arrest at this point.
Bundy did not comply, and when the BLM informed him the next year that they would seek to impound his cattle, the rancher vowed he “would do whatever it takes” to stop the seizure, and promised a “range war” with the BLM, according to the indictment. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. “But I don’t regret what we did because I knew it was right”.