PORTLAND, OR – The Anaconda man among those charged with an armed standoff with federal law enforcement at an Oregon wildlife refuge is being ordered to spend just over three years in a federal prison.
Ryan Payne was one of several defendants charged with the 2016 takeover at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. In fact, prosecutors had portrayed him as one of the instigators of the standoff, which was organized to protest federal land management policies.
Payne pleaded guilty to multiple charges in July 2016, having already spent several months in jail after being arrested during a traffic stop.
Unlike other defendants in the case, including members of the Bundy family, charges against Payne weren’t dismissed. And Tuesday in Portland, Payne was sentenced to three years and one month in prison.
The Oregonian reports Payne read a written apology in court, saying he his “youth, ignorance and arrogance” had ruined his record of military service.
However, U.S. District Judge Anna Brown had her doubts that he totally changed. She also ordered him to have no further contact with any of the others involved in the case, or the “patriot” movement.
Reporting by Dennis Bragg for MTN News