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2 Bundy supporters acquitted, 2 'not guilty' on most charges

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5/AP) -

A federal jury in Las Vegas has refused to convict four accused gunman in a 2014 standoff with federal authorities near the Nevada ranch of anti-government figure Cliven Bundy.

In a verdict that stunned Bundy supporters, the jury on Tuesday acquitted Ricky Lovelien and Steven Stewart of all 10 charges against them.

"This trial is big for America," Oregon standoff defendant and Bundy supporter Shawna Cox said.

Defendants Scott Drexler and Eric Parker were found not guilty of most of the charges against them.

The jury did not reach verdicts on four charges against Parker and two charges against Drexler.

"None of these men belong in jail," Bundy supporter Doug Knowles said. "All they were doing was standing for what is theirs."

Tuesdays trial stems from the 2014 stand off between Bundy and federal authorities near his Bunkerville ranch. Bundy's family has lived on the land for nearly a century and did not want to pay grazing fees for their cattle. 

Authorities rounded up the animals leading to a weeks long standoff. 

Prosecutors said the men conspired with Bundy family members and wielded weapons to threaten the lives of federal agents enforcing lawful court orders to remove Bundy cattle from public land after failing to pay grazing fees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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