PORTLAND, Ore. – The Latest on a pair of ranching standoffs in Nevada and Oregon (all times local):
A New Hampshire man facing charges in a 2014 armed standoff in Nevada by ranchers opposed to federal control of public lands has been denied bail.
Rochester resident Gerald DeLemus is accused of being a "mid-level leader" and organizer of a conspiracy to recruit, organize, train and provide support to armed men and other followers of rancher Cliven Bundy. He was among a dozen people in five states arrested last week.
A U.S. magistrate judge said Tuesday while DeLemus didn't act unlawfully in the last two years, there's no evidence that that he abandoned his beliefs "with regard to his willingness to engage in armed confrontation with government officers." The judge ordered him extradited to Nevada to face charges.
DeLemus' lawyer said his client had nothing to do with the confrontation.
Oregon investigators have concluded that state troopers who shot and killed a key figure of the weekslong occupation of a national wildlife refuge were justified in doing so.
But an FBI team that was also on the scene is under federal investigation for not disclosing they fired two shots that missed Robert "Lavoy" Finicum.
An investigation by Oregon law officials concluded Finicum was going for a gun during the Jan. 26 confrontation with state troopers and FBI agents on a remote road.
But investigators also discovered that FBI agents failed to disclose that they had also fired two shots, neither of which hit Finicum.
The U.S. Justice Department's Office of Inspector General said it is investigating the FBI team's actions, working with Oregon officials.