Update: Von Schmidt sentenced to three days jail time with a credit of three days time served and a $500 fine and $167 for court costs. Bundy has been sentenced to three days jail time with a credit of three days time served and a $500 fine and $167 for court costs for trespassing. The judge, on the “delaying” charge, sentenced Bundy to eight days in jail, credit for three days served, or 48 hours of public service in lieu of the five remaining days, and an additional $250 of court costs.
Original story below.
The Ammon Bundy and Aaron Von Schmidt trials are complete.
Bundy was charged with trespassing at the Idaho State Capitol and “resisting arrest,” which also includes “delaying an arrest.” Von Schmidt was charged with trespassing.
Today, the jury found Bundy guilty of both the trespassing and the delay charge and also found Von Schmidt guilty of trespassing.
In the state’s closing argument, they said that they proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Bundy and Schmidt had broken the law by not leaving when ordered to do so. They argued that while the captiol was open, Speaker Scott Bedke had the authority to remove anyone from that room at his discretion.
The state also argued that Bundy “delayed” the officers from doing their job by not cooperating with the arrest.
Bundy’s defense argued that Bedke does not have unlimited authority to throw anyone out of the capitol anytime he wants. They also argued that Bundy was in a room which is not locked until 7:00 p.m. and that three Idaho legislators, including a new witness today, Rep. Tammy Nichols (R-Middleton), testified that the room is not locked and that because it is open to the public that the trespass law does not apply.
Bundy’s team also argued that he did not resist arrest and that because there is no duty to help an officer arrest you if you are not doing anything wrong. They also argued that he did not resist arrest and that there was insufficient evidence to prove that he “delayed” the officers in doing their duty.
Von Schmidt argued that he was not in the room when the order was given, was only in the room for a few seconds after the order was given, and told the jury that he is not guilty.
The jury ultimately found that Bundy was guilty on both accounts and that Von Schmidt was guilty as well.
Tags: Aaron Von Schmidt, Ada County, Ammon Bundy, Scott Bedke