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5 Arizona Residents Indicted In 2014 Nevada Ranch Standoff

(Photo courtesy of Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Cliven Bundy

Five Arizonans could be facing jail time in connection with the 2014 standoff with federal law enforcement over the removal of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cows.

A grand jury recently indicted the Arizonans, along with more than a dozen other people from across the country, for their roles in the armed confrontation in Bunkerville, Nevada, led by rancher Cliven Bundy.

Three of those arrested are from the Valley, while the other two are from Humboldt and Cottonwood. The charges include conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States government and to impede or injure a federal officer.

It’s alleged the defendants planned, organized and led the assault in order to extort the officers into abandoning approximately 400 head of cattle. Many of the charges carry with them five, ten and even 20 years of jail time and substantial fines.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.