Guilty: Ada County jury convicts Ammon Bundy on misdemeanor trespassing, resisting charges

Ammon Bundy at Ada County Courthouse
Posted at 8:08 PM, Jul 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-01 22:08:45-04

This article was originally published by Ian Max Stevenson in the Idaho Statesman.

Right-wing activist Ammon Bundy, a Republican candidate for Idaho governor, was found guilty Thursday of misdemeanor trespassing and misdemeanor resisting or obstructing officers after short deliberations by an Ada County jury.

A four-day trial began Monday in connection to an incident at the Idaho Capitol on Aug. 25, 2020, during a special session of the Idaho Legislature, when Bundy refused to leave the Lincoln Auditorium and then went limp, forcing Idaho State Police troopers to wheel him out of the Statehouse in a chair.

Bundy was sentenced to three days in jail but got credit for time served, so he’ll have no additional jail time. He also was sentenced to 48 hours of community service and a $750 fine by Magistrate Judge David Manweiler.

A second defendant, Aaron Schmidt, of Coeur d’Alene, was also found guilty of misdemeanor trespassing. He was sentenced to three days in jail as well but also got credit for time served, and must pay a $500 fine as well as court costs.

“You’re a clever and sophisticated man,” Manweiler said of Bundy. “You have the ability to wield great political power because of the people that believe in you.”

Manweiler also said he didn’t think the result of the trial would alter Bundy’s anti-government beliefs.