Arizona man sentenced to 68 years for Battle of Bunkerville role
By Brian Seay
The scene in April 2014 at Cliven Bundy’s cattle ranch, in which armed ranchers and protestors faced off against Bureau of Land Management agents in a six day standoff. (Photo: Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
A federal judge in Las Vegas sentenced an Arizona man to more than 68 years in prison Wednesday for his role in the armed standoff at Cliven Bundy’s cattle ranch in 2014.
U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro likened Gregory Burleson, 53, and other protestors to “playground bullies” before handing down the sentence, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. Burleson was found guilty in April of eight counts, including threats against federal agents and assault.
“Gregory Burleson is a violent and dangerous man,” begins the summary of a sentencing memorandum, describing Burleson’s role in the standoff. “Burleson brought an AK-47, an AR-15, a shotgun, a .40 caliber handgun, a 9-millimeter handgun, 1,000 rounds of ammunition per weapon, a three-foot katana sword, a battle axe, body armor, and a gas mask.”
The “Battle of Bunkerville” was a tense, six-day standoff between dozens of armed ranchers and U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials in April 2014. People came from all over the country to support Bundy, who spent decades refusing to