Former Cliven Bundy bodyguard pleads guilty to gun charges
By Brian Seay
Schuyler Barbeau, left, stands near rancher Cliven Bundy during a standoff at his Nevada ranch in 2014. (Photo: John Locher/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
A day into his jury trial, a former bodyguard for rancher Cliven Bundy pleaded guilty Tuesday to gun charges in Washington state.
Schuyler Barbeau, 30, was representing himself in the trial, but abruptly changed course, pleading guilty to possessing a machine gun and possession of an unregistered short-barreled rifle, according to court records.
In June 2015, Barbeau told a federal informant that many public servants, including judges and police officers, had deviated from their oath of office, according to a complaint.
“Barbeau told the (informant) that it was his duty to educate public servants who were not living up to their oath and discussed ‘lynching’ those he deemed unworthy if necessary,” reads the complaint.
He told the informant that he and “other like-minded individuals” would “physically remove” a California judge overseeing a weapons charge Barbeau received there in 2014. He also said he always had a .45 caliber pistol on him, and frequently traveled with a short-barreled AR-15, body armor, and a helmet.
According to court documents, the rifle was a “black, fully automatic AR-15 5.56mm caliber assault rifle with a 10.5 inch barrel,