Change of plea hearing set for Oregon refuge occupier


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for a man arrested after the Ammon Bundy-led occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Jason Blomgen of Murphy, North Carolina, is scheduled to appear in a federal courtroom in Portland on Thursday. After his arrest, he pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and possession of a firearm in a federal facility.

More than two dozen occupiers were arrested after the 41-day standoff that ended February 11. Two of them — Corey Lequieu and Eric Lee Flores — have already accepted deals in which they pleaded guilty to conspiracy in exchange for the dismissal of the firearm charge.

Court records show a federal judge approved spending for Blomgren’s transportation from North Carolina ahead of Thursday’s hearing.

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