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Ohio man arrested in Bundy standoff case pleads guilty to conspiracy charge

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A 52-year-old Ohio man arrested in connection with the 2014 Bunkerville standoff case has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer, according to prosecutors.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Nevada announced Friday that a federal judge accepted Peter T. Santilli's guilty plea, and that his sentencing is scheduled for January. He could face up to six years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Federal prosecutors say Santilli admitted to knowing Cliven Bundy and his sons, and had planned to interfere with the impounding of Bundy's cattle.

Santilli said he used his car to block a convoy of officers from the Bureau of Land Management during an impounding operation in April 2014, according to the statement from the U.S. Attorney's office.

"As a result, others were allowed to surround the convoy and threaten vehicle occupants by force, violence, and fear, inducing the officers to leave the place where their duties were required to be performed," the statement reads.

Lawyers for Cliven Bundy and others charged in the case had filed motions this week to move the trial for the standoff from Las Vegas to Reno.

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