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Prosecutor says Ryan Bundy was working to escape jail

Posted at 12:45 AM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 03:49:24-04

A federal prosecutor says Oregon standoff figure Ryan Bundy was working on a plan to escape from jail.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoff Barrow dropped the bombshell at a hearing Monday in which Bundy and his brother Ammon sought to be released as they await trial on charges stemming from the January takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

In trying to show Ryan Bundy is a flight risk, Barrow said deputies searching Bundy's cell in April found torn sheets braided together in a 12- to 15-foot rope, as well as extra pillow cases and food.

Bundy denied he was attempting an escape, telling U.S. District Court Judge Robert Jones it's simply not true.

Court records show Bundy hasn't been charged with any crime related to the episode.

Jones says he'll decide Tuesday whether to release the Bundys.