Judge: Oregon occupier can go home

Judge: Oregon occupier can go home
Posted at 6:27 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 12:42:27-05

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A woman who stayed at an Oregon wildlife refuge until the last day of an armed occupation there will be allowed to return home as her case goes through the courts.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart on Friday granted pretrial release to Sandra Anderson of Riggins, Idaho.

Government prosecutors said Anderson should remain jailed because she defied orders to leave the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the 41-day takeover. They argued she might not follow instructions to return for future court dates.

Anderson's attorney, Tyl Bakker, said his client was a supporting player in the standoff and has no prior criminal history.

The judge says Anderson must relinquish her firearms while awaiting trial and can't have contact with her co-defendants, including her still-jailed husband. Anderson sobbed when told of the no-contact order.