Ammon Bundy Takes Plea Deal in Hospital Trespass Case

Far-right activist Ammon Bundy took a plea deal in a hospital trespassing case on Monday, capping off a month of escalating rhetoric from him and his supporters. Bundy,

who rose to fame in a pair of armed standoffs against law enforcement in 2014 and 2016, currently leads the right-wing activist group People’s Rights Movement. In spring 2022, the

group demonstrated outside an Idaho hospital that was treating a member’s grandson for severe malnourishment. Bundy, who claimed the child had been kidnapped, blocked an ambulance

bay, temporarily causing emergency vehicles to be rerouted to other medical centers. He was charged with trespassing and hit with a civil suit from the hospital. Ahead of

the criminal trial on Monday, Bundy called on fans to rally outside the courthouse and issued a “warning” to a judge and prosecutors. But after a last-minute message calling off

the rally, Bundy agreed to plead guilty on Monday in exchange for a $1,000 fine, a 90-day suspended jail sentence, and a year of unsupervised probation. He’ll avoid prison time if

he abides by the terms of his probation. With his latest plea, Bundy will have been convicted of trespassing every year since 2021. (In 2021 and 2022, he was convicted of

trespassing in two separate incidents at the Idaho Statehouse.) The plea comes amid months of saber-rattling in Bundy’s dispute with St. Luke’s hospital. In December,

Bundy told a conservative Idaho outlet that, if St. Luke’s won its civil case against him and tried to collect damages, “I’m not going to let that happen. I’m making moves to stop

that from happening. And if I have to meet 'em on the front door with my, you know, friends and a shotgun, I’ll do that. They’re not going to take my property.”