Trump pardons ranchers whose arson sentences were later lengthened

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It is being reported by various media outlets that President Trump has pardoned Dwight Hammond and his son, Steve, who were convicted of arson for burning federal land in Oregon.

The pair’s resentencing to longer terms sparked a protest and a 41-day takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge in 2016.

Though the Hammonds served their original sentences for the arson conviction, an appellate judge in 2015 ruled the terms were too short under federal minimum sentencing laws and the pair were resentenced to serve the mandatory minimum.

“The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” the White House said in a statement. “The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.”

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