Thursday, July 21, 2016

21 Year-Old Travis Cox Becomes 9th Refuge Occupier To Plead Guilty

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupier Travis Cox on Wednesday became the ninth defendant to plead guilty to charges that he conspired to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs. Prosecutors recommended Cox serve eight months of home detention for his role in the occupation. They also said they would like him to receive credit for the two months of pretrial detention he already served. U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown, who’s overseeing the trial, has ultimate say over Cox’s sentence. He’ll appear before Brown in December for sentencing. “You’ve capped your exposure,” Brown told Cox as the proceeding came to a close. “It’s critical that you don’t do anything between now and sentencing to jeopardize it.” Cox is the ninth person to plead guilty in the case. Defendants Eric Flores, Geoffrey Stanek, Wesley Kjar, Corey Lequieu, Jason Blomgren, Brian Cavalier, Blaine Cooper and Ryan Payne have all pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge...more.

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