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Jury deliberating fate of Plains man, others in Oregon standoff

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PORTLAND, Ore. -

A federal jury is deciding the fate of a Plains man and his co-conspirators who face multiple charges of participating in last year's standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge.

28-year-old Jake Ryan and three other defendants are on trial in U.S. District Court in Portland, one of two hearings against the anti-government activists who armed themselves and took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon last winter.

The occupation ended shortly after Robert "LaVoy" Finicum was shot by law enforcement following a chase.

Ryan and the others are accused of conspiracy, and weapons violations, along with other misdemeanors.

Following closing arguments on Tuesday, the jury began deliberating the case Wednesday morning in Portland.

Protest organizers Ryan and Ammon Bundy and several other defendants were acquitted during the first trial last fall in Portland.

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