The two men who started what would turn into the 2016 Oregon Bundy standoff against the federal government were pardoned by President Trump just hours ago, leading to an almost immediate release from prison. The men, Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted of arson in 2012 and sentenced to the mandatory minimum of five years.
According to Wall Street Journal:
“An Oregon jury convicted the Hammonds of arson on public lands in 2012. The Hammonds said they set the fires as preventive burns to protect their property, a tactic sometimes used in fighting wildfires. The government argued they set the fires in one instance to conceal illegal deer hunting.”
“At their sentencing, they argued that the five-year mandatory minimum prison term under federal law was unconstitutional. The trial court agreed and imposed sentences well below what the law required based on the jury’s verdicts. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the sentences, reasoning that “given the seriousness of arson, a five-year sentence is not grossly disproportionate to the offense.””
Now, the men are on their way home. The following Facebook post shows them in a plane, with the caption, “Ready for take off! Destination, Burns, Oregon.”
Ready for take off! Destination, Burns, Oregon. Approximate time of arrival: 10:30 AM
There’s just one problem. The plane they are flying on is owned by a major campaign contributor of Vice President Mike Pence. Was this a personal move on the president’s part? What are we talking about?! Of course it was.
The internet agreed that something was weird. Check out the responses on that Facebook post below: