One hundred acres of public land were burned, according to The Washington Post.
"The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in OR imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement issued Tuesday on the full pardon of the Hammonds.
The Hammonds said they started a fire on their property in 2001 to protect it from wildfires and reduce the growth of invasive plants, but that the fire got out of hand, CNN affiliate KTBZ-TV reported. It was unclear when they would be released. Most notably, members of another anti-government family, the Bundys, cited the Hammonds as their inspiration for facing down what they called an oppressive government when they occupied a national wildlife refuge in OR, setting up a weeks-long standoff that became front-page news in 2016.
The Hammonds' case led to the armed 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The trial judge in their case ignored the five-year mandatory minimum imposed by Congress and sentenced them to shorter terms, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered them to be re-sentenced.
"The [Obama] administration, however, filed an overzealous appeal that resulted in the Hammonds being sentenced to five years in prison".
Dwight Hammond has served approximately three years in prison, and his son Steven has served four years, according to the White House. The pair had also coughed up $400,000 to settle a civil suit with the feds.
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Dwight Hammond, 76, and his son Steven, 49, were convicted in 2012 and sent to prison on arson charges.
She criticized the "double-jeopardy-like maneuver by the federal government".
Many have also seen the president as sending a signal with his pardons to former aides and associates caught up in the probe, or lashing out at enemies like former FBI Director James Comey, who oversaw the prosecution of lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, whom Trump has said he is thinking of pardoning. Astarita was later accused of falsely denying he fired two shots at Finicum or his truck and pleaded not guilty to three counts of making a false statement and two counts of obstruction of justice.
The FBI agent was accused of firing at the protesters then picking up shell casings to hide that fact and lying to investigators.
Bundy and his supporters were eventually arrested, a lot of them during a confrontation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and state police on a snow-covered roadside where a spokesman for the group, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, was shot dead.