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Oregon refuge defendant pleads guilty to conspiracy

Posted at 1:22 PM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 15:22:09-04

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Arizona man charged in a pair of stand-offs involving members of the Bundy family has pleaded guilty to the one in Oregon -- and is expected to do the same in Nevada.

In federal court in Portland, Joseph O'Shaughnessy admitted to conspiring with others to prevent Interior Department employees from working at a national wildlife refuge near Burns, Oregon.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Gabriel said prosecutors will recommend O'Shaughnessy be sentenced to a year in prison, but it will be served at the same time he's serving his punishment in the Nevada case.

Prosecutors in Nevada have described him as a mid-level organizer of a 2014 confrontation with federal agents at Cliven Bundy's ranch.

O'Shaughnessy told the court Monday he provided security during the Oregon standoff that was led by Ammon Bundy.