Ammon Bundy released from federal custody in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
Nevada rancher Ammon Bundy was released from federal custody Thursday morning in Las Vegas.
Ammon Bundy was welcomed by family and supporters outside the federal courthouse after being locked up for nearly two years.
“I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a very good prisoner and I felt that we were innocent and were not afforded the presumption of innocence,” said Ammon Bundy, moments after being released.
The Bundy family is at the center of an ongoing federal case stemming from a 2014 armed standoff in Bunkerville with federal agents. It was a battle over grazing rights and millions in unpaid fees.
“We’ve suffered for two years trying to tell the world that what happened there is not what the government has been saying happened – and we’re going to show that in the courtroom,” said Ammon Bundy.
Ammon Bundy was released Thursday morning after a surprise decision from a U.S. District Judge. The reason behind the decision has been kept secret but Bundy believes his release is telling about the weight of the evidence presented by federal prosecutors.
“I'm standing out here and I don't think I would be if the evidence wasn’t proving that we're at least somewhat less innocent than what they thought last week we were,” said Bundy.
While Ammon and his brother Ryan have been released, their father Cliven Bundy remains in federal lockup—opting not to take the same release deal as his sons.
“There’s still a lot of people who are incarcerated right now and he feels a little bit of responsibility for – he wants to make sure they’re not forgotten,” said Ammon Bundy of his father’s choice to remain in custody. “I respect that decision and I believe I fully understand it as well.”
Ammon Bundy is required to meet certain conditions of release. He will be staying with a family friend for the remainder of the trial and is not allowed to have any contact with any witnesses who are expected to testify.
The trial resumes at 9 a.m. on Dec. 11.