The Latest: Ammon Bundy says he has no regrets

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Posted: Mar 04, 2016 12:44 AM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on arrests in connection with a 2014 armed standoff in Nevada over grazing fees (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

In an interview from the Portland, Oregon, jail where Ammon Bundy has been lodged since his arrest in late January, he told The Oregonian he's not ashamed of what he and others did in seizing an Oregon wildlife refuge.

Bundy said while serving time in jail is the most difficult thing he's ever done, he doesn't regret what they did because he knew "it was right."

Bundy said as he sees it, they went into a public building and carried out a demonstration.

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3:45 p.m.

At the family home in Nevada, Cliven Bundy's wife, Carol, acknowledged that her husband and sons Ammon, Ryan, Melvin and David Bundy were in federal custody. The mother of 14 children pleaded for prayer and echoed her husband's call to fight government overreach.

"I truly believe this is showing the federal government thinks they have unlimited power over we the people," Carol Bundy told The Associated Press in a brief telephone interview. "What kind of government do we have?"

"This is going to be won in the court of public opinion," she added. "When we the people make a stand, that's when we'll win."

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2:57 p.m.

The nation's top prosecutor says additional charges will be filed "very soon" against those involved in the recent takeover at an Oregon wildlife refuge and praised Harney County residents for keeping their cool during the 41-day standoff.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made her comments Thursday during a visit to Oregon in which she recognized Portland's community policing efforts.

A federal judge warned an assistant U.S. attorney last week that if he was going to file more charges against standoff leader Ammon Bundy and others accused in the occupation, he had best do it soon because the defendants have a right to a speedy trial.

Lynch declined to specify what specific charges will be filed, saying they'll be discussed once the action is taken.

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2:20 p.m.

A detention hearing for a New Hampshire man facing charges for his role in a standoff by Nevada ranchers opposed to federal control of public lands is being delayed until Monday.

Gerald DeLemus, of Rochester, has been named as a "mid-level leader" and organizer of a conspiracy to recruit, organize, train and provide support to armed men and other followers of rancher Cliven Bundy.

Bundy was arrested last month on charges stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with federal officials in Nevada.

DeLemus was arrested Thursday. He appeared Thursday afternoon in federal court in Concord, New Hampshire. His attorneys and prosecutors agreed to delay the hearing.

The indictment says DeLemus "organized and led armed patrols and security checkpoints."

About two dozen supporters, including his wife, gave DeLemus a standing ovation when he entered the courtroom and his handcuffs were removed. The judge was not on the bench at the time and the ample security staff did nothing to quiet supporters.

While milling outside the locked courtroom before the hearing began, DeLemus' wife — Susan DeLemus, a state representative — prompted supporters to link arms in a circle and pray. At the end of the prayer, former GOP state chair and tea party activist Jack Kimball, said in a quavering voice, "This is not my America. It's up to us to get it back."

"This is our Waterloo," Kimball said. "Gerry is our Waterloo."

Before the hearing, Susan DeLemus said she is working on hiring a private lawyer — Evan Nappen — to represent her husband. Nappen's email address and toll-free phone number both feature the phrase "gun law."

Public defender Jonathan Saxe said after court that Monday's hearing would take place, if only to permit a probation officer to make a recommendation on whether DeLemus should be detained or released on conditions. DeLemus would still have the right to request that the actual detention hearing be held in Nevada.

"He'll be here Monday, no matter what," Saxe said.

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2 p.m.

Authorities now say 19 people from eight states have been indicted and arrested in a 2014 armed standoff over grazing cows on U.S. land near renegade cattleman Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Bundy, two of his adult sons and five other men were already in federal custody following the end of a nearly six-week armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon.

A Justice Department statement says 12 other alleged co-conspirators were arrested Thursday, including two more Bundy sons, Melvin and David Bundy.

Defendants are from Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Hampshire, Idaho, Oklahoma, California and Montana.

They're accused of organizing an armed force for a standoff that thwarted a round-up of Bundy cattle from federal lands near Bunkerville, Nevada.

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12:30 p.m.

A federal indictment accuses renegade Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and at least five other men of conspiracy, obstruction, threatening federal officers and other charges in a 2014 armed standoff over grazing cattle on U.S. land near Bundy's ranch.

Bundy and seven other people named in a redacted indictment obtained Thursday following the arrest of alleged co-conspirator Jerry DeLemus in New Hampshire were already identified by federal authorities as having taken part in both the Nevada standoff and the occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.

They are Clive Bundy's sons Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy, and supporters Ryan Payne, Peter Santilli Jr., Brian Cavalier and Blaine Cooper.

Redactions appear to black out the names of 11 more people in the indictment filed Wednesday in Las Vegas.

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11:45 a.m.

Another member of the Bundy ranching family has been arrested for participating in a 2014 armed standoff in Nevada over grazing fees.

Briana Bundy said on Thursday that 38-year-old Dave Bundy was arrested Thursday by the FBI at a home he is building in Delta, Utah.

He is the son of Cliven Bundy, who was arrested last month on charges stemming from the standoff with federal officials in Nevada who were rounding up Bundy's cattle over unpaid grazing fees.

Another son, Ammon Bundy, was arrested last month for his role in the occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge.

Briana Bundy, the daughter-in-law of Cliven and Carol Bundy, called the arrests unjust. She says the family won't let the recent arrests stop them from fighting for their freedom.