On Tuesday, President Trump issued full pardons to Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond, 76, and his son Steven Hammond, 49, who were embroiled in the Bundy Ranch dispute of 2014.
The White House blasted the Obama administration for its “overzealous” appeal that resulted in the Hammonds being sentenced to five years in prison.
“This was unjust,” the White House said in a press release. (screenshot below)
As previously reported, the Obama administration sentenced two Oregon ranchers to five years in federal prison for starting a preventative fire on their land. The fire spread to federal land and burned less than 140 acres.
Steven Hammond and his father Dwight Hammond were sentenced to federal prison for five years.
The government charged the ranchers as “terrorists.”
The Oregon Farm Bureau reported in Oct.2015:
Today two Oregon ranchers were sentenced to five years in federal prison under terrorism statutes for setting preventative fires on their own land. We are gravely disappointed at this outcome.
Elderly Harney County rancher Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, a former OFB Board member and Harney County Farm Bureau president, have already served time in federal prison for their mistakes and paid their debt to society for the less-than-140 acres of BLM land that was accidentally impacted by the fires.
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) July 10, 2018