A self-proclaimed reporter with links to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation who was arrested Friday on weapons charges made his initial appearance in federal court in Eugene Monday.
Michael Ray Emry entered the courtroom in shackles. Magistrate Judge Jolie Russo asked if he wished to accept a court appointed public defender. Emry nodded and then mumbled “yes.”
Emry is charged with unlawful possession of a machine gun that is not registered to him and unlawful possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Both counts carry a 10-year sentence. Russo asked if the defendant wished to enter a not guilty plea. After a nod from Emry, his lawyer replied, “Yes, Your Honor.”
On Friday, FBI agents seized a fully automatic machine gun during a warranted search of Emry’s fifth-wheel trailer in Grant County. Emry was arrested and held in the Deschutes County Adult Jail before being transferred to Eugene.
Emry was a constant in Harney County during the 41-day armed occupation at the Malheur refuge. He reported for “The Voice of Idaho,” a pro-Bundy website he created. In court, there was no mention of the occupation or Emry’s involvement in it. The judge ordered Emry to remain detained citing flight risk and danger to the community.
A status hearing for Emry is scheduled for May 16.