- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A man who participated in the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge this year has been sentenced in a separate case in which he’s accused of occupying federal property in Josephine County.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/2aqoJ9K ) Kenneth Medenbach was ordered Monday to serve five years of probation after being convicted of illegally camping and occupying federal land near Galice last year.

Medenbach’s attorney called the probation term “grossly excessive,” saying his client hadn’t threatened anyone during the occupation to protest the government’s control of public lands.

The 63-year-old Medenbach was also given a six-month jail sentence Monday, which is already considered fulfilled because he received credit for time served after his arrest in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover this winter. He has pleaded not guilty in the case.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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