Arizona Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Impede Or Injure A Federal Officer During 2014 Armed Standoff In Bunkerville
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – An Arizona man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer during a federal impoundment operation of Cliven Bundy’s trespassing cattle in the Bunkerville, Nevada area in 2014.
Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada, Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI’s Las Vegas Division, and Director William Woody for the Bureau of Land Management’s Office of Law Enforcement made the announcement.
Micah L. McGuire, 32, of Chandler, Ariz., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Chief Judge Gloria M. Navarro. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 16, 2018. McGuire faces the statutory maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to the plea agreement, McGuire knew that Cliven Bundy and his sons, Ryan, Ammon, Dave, and Mel, Ryan Payne, and others associated with them, planned to thwart, impede and interfere with the impoundment operations. He knowingly entered into a conspiracy with his co-defendants and others to impede federal law enforcement officers through a show of force and intimidation in order to prevent the officers from performing their duties in relation to the impoundment and to induce them to leave the area. McGuire furthered the conspiracy by serving on a personal security detail for Cliven Bundy; and entering the Toquop wash, a closed area where law enforcement officers were conducting their duties, with a firearm on April 12, 2014.
The case was investigated by the FBI and BLM. The case was prosecuted by Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nadia J. Ahmed and Daniel R. Schiess, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin M. Creegan.