Ammon Bundy and Aaron Von Schmidt were convicted of trespassing at the Idaho State Capitol, and Bundy was also convicted of delaying an officer while he was being arrested.
The trial lasted four days, and the jury took approximately one hour to deliberate the case.
Bundy posted the following response to social media from his “Bundy for Governor” page:
Today I was convicted of trespassing at the Idaho Capitol Building on August 25, 2020. After a 4 day trial the jury decided that my presence in the Lincoln Auditorium, during open hours, was a criminal act. The precedence this sets is very dangerous for anyone who may disagree with the presiding officers of the legislature. However, it is out of my hands now. I have no intention to appeal this decision. The people of Idaho have spoken and I will serve my sentence as ordered.
After Bundy was convicted, the judge in the case, David Manweiler, told Bundy that he did not feel that a harsher sentence would deter him or that it was warranted for the crime for which he was convicted.
In fact, the judge gave “time served” to both Bundy and Von Schmidt, and while Bundy could have gone to jail, the judge allowed him to do community service instead.
The judge told Bundy he should be with his family and that he had been away from them long enough. Bundy said his family was on vacation while he was on trial.
Bundy is currently one of several candidates running to be the Republican nominee for governor of Idaho.
Several readers have asked Idaho Dispatch if Bundy’s misdemeanor conviction prevents him from running for office. Under Idaho law, Bundy can still run for office even with his misdemeanor conviction.
Tags: Aaron Von Schmidt, Ada County, Ammon Bundy, David Manweiler, Governor