Ammon Bundy to be released, Cliven Bundy choosing to remain behind bars

It was a big day in Courtroom 7C of the Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas, as changes were made to the release of all three Bundy defendants.

Ammon Bundy will be released on Thursday from a federal detention center in Las Vegas. He was granted a supervised release after a judge verified evidence under certain conditions. He will be released under third-party custody, staying with a friend of the family in Las Vegas.

Ammon’s release will be discussed in pretrial services on Thursday and he will be under 24/7 house arrest with certain exceptions. He must get approval in order to trial and can’t have any contact with any other defendants — including his brother, Ryan, and his father, Cliven — or anyone on the witness list.

Ryan Bundy was already released a couple weeks ago to a halfway house in North Las Vegas. He will now be allowed to go home to his family in Mesquite. He will still be under supervised release and will have to remain in his home from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. each day.

The Bundys were involved in the standoff near Bunkerville, Nevada, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, which became an iconic moment in a decades-long turf battle between the government agency assigned to manage vast tracts in the Western U.S. and ranchers whose cows graze the land.


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