One Militia Man Says He Prefers Death To Prison, But Really Just Wants To Go Home

AP

Things are getting a bit desperate out at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge where an unknown number of armed militiamen have been holed up for five days now.

The ragtag group of armed men is still talking tough, but one admits, it’s time for this Constitutional stand for freedom to be over already.

“I need to get home,” one militiaman and rancher LaVoy Finicum told NBC News Tuesday. “I got cows that are scattered and lost.”

According to NBC News, Finicum is an Arizona rancher with 11 kids at home who also told the news outlet that he would rather die than face jail time.

“I have no intention of spending any of my days in a concrete box,” Finicum told NBC. “There are things more important than your life and freedom is one of them.”

Harney County Sheriff David Ward said Tuesday that those who stormed the preserve would likely eventually face charges.

On Tuesday evening, NBC reported that Finicum slept outside with just a sleeping bag, tarp and a gun because he did “not want the FBI federal agents to have to go running around in the dark, kicking in doors looking for me.”

He has sent out a warning to agents, however, when they do find him.

“I’m telling them right now — don’t point guns at me,” he told NBC.

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Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.
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