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Sentences In Dispute In Ore. Rangeland Arson Fire

AP | Feb. 4, 2013 3:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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Lawyers for two ranchers convicted of setting fire to Eastern Oregon rangeland are trying to block a bid by federal prosecutors to get an appeals court to impose tougher sentences.

After a trial last year, 43-year-old Steven Dwight Hammond was sentenced to a year, and his father, 70-year-old Dwight Lincoln Hammond, to three months.

The Capital Press reports that lawyers for the Hammonds argue that since they gave up their right to appeal, the government should not be able to.

Prosecutors have told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the judge was too lenient when he failed to impose the five-year minimum.

The Hammonds had been unhappy with the rate at which federal range managers were doing controlled burns to improve the health of grazing lands.

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