first_imgPORTLAND — Three of the final seven defendants charged in the Ammon Bundy-led takeover of a national wildlife refuge last year took plea deals Monday instead of heading to trial.Sean and Sandy Anderson, a couple from Riggins, Idaho, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland to misdemeanor trespassing in exchange for the dismissal of felony conspiracy and weapons charges. Also taking that step was Dylan Anderson of Provo, Utah, who is not related to the Idaho couple.U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown sentenced the three to a year of probation each and required each one to pay $1,000 restitution to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.All must ask their probation officers for permission to camp on public lands and must avoid the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, located in southeastern Oregon’s high desert.“The Malheur refuge is not on my bucket list,” Sean Anderson told Brown.The remaining four will go to trial next week.Ammon Bundy, joined by his brother Ryan and a band of followers, seized the refuge on Jan. 2, 2016, to protest the federal control of Western lands and the imprisonment of two ranchers convicted of setting fires.last_img