Jury selection to begin for Bundy, 2 sons in standoff case

In this April 10, 2017, file photo, a protester holds up a flag outside of a federal courthouse in Las Vegas in support of defendants accused of wielding weapons against federal agents during a 2014 standoff involving cattleman and states' rights advocate Cliven Bundy. | Associated Press photo by John Locher, St. George News
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin in Las Vegas for the long-awaited trial of Nevada rancher and states’ rights figure Cliven Bundy, two sons and one other co-defendant on charges stemming from an armed standoff with federal agents in April 2014.

In this April 5, 2014, file photo, Cliven Bundy stands at the Bundy ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada | Photo by John Locher /Las Vegas Review-Journal via Associated Press, St. George News

The trial starting Monday for the 71-year-old Bundy, sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy, and Ryan Payne of Montana alleges that they led a self-styled militia to prevent the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from enforcing court orders to stop Bundy cattle from grazing in what is now Gold Butte National Monument.

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It comes after prosecutors twice fell short in earlier trials to gain full convictions of six other men who were armed with assault-style weapons during the confrontation.

Three co-defendants pleaded guilty in recent weeks to lesser charges.

Written by The Associated Press.

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