Last man sentenced in Malheur case —An Arizona man has become the final person sentenced for participating in the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns. Blaine Cooper of Humboldt was sentenced Tuesday to time already served in prison. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy nearly two years ago. He was one of 26 people initially charged with conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs at the refuge. The group seized the bird sanctuary Jan. 2, 2016, and held it for 41 days in a protest against the imprisonment of two ranchers. Fourteen defendants ultimately pleaded guilty to either conspiracy or trespassing, and another four were convicted by a jury. Sentences ranged from probation to three years in prison. Seven defendants, including occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy, were acquitted in a trial ending in October 2016. Charges were dropped against another defendant.
Man sentenced for deputy assault — An Oregon man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for assaulting a sheriff’s deputy while in a Portland-area jail. Nicholas Cantrell, 28, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to assaulting an officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Federal prosecutors say Cantrell “sucker-punched” Multnomah County Deputy Robert Ward in August 2017. Cantrell knocked Ward to the ground, slammed his head against the floor and pinched his windpipe. Another inmate stopped the attack. Cantrell apologized during the court hearing, saying he “acted foolishly and was wrong for what I did.” Cantrell’s lawyer Alison Clark requested a sentence of no more than eight years, citing her client’s psychological evaluation. Ward said Cantrell nearly killed him and deserves a longer sentence.