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Far-right leader Ammon Bundy is going to jail for 10 days.

The gubernatorial candidate was found in contempt of court on Thursday after refusing to perform 40 hours of community service related to a July 2021 conviction. Bundy had argued that his stops made during his gubernatorial campaign satisfied his court-mandated community service.

Ada County Magistrate Judge Annie McDevitt sentenced Bundy to 10 days in jail and a $3,000 fine. He was immediately handcuffed and taken to the Ada County Jail on Thursday.

“You didn’t just blow it up. On the contrary, you took the time and effort to flagrantly disobey the court order, mocking the sentence you received,” McDevitt told Bundy. “You were given the opportunity to go to full public service – you could have done that.”

In February, Assistant Ada County District Attorney Whitney Welsh issued a motion to hold Bundy in contempt of court for failing to complete the 40 hours of community service he was sentenced to after being convicted guilty of trespassing at Lincoln Auditorium.

Bundy had until Jan. 1, 2022 to complete the 40 hours of community service, and he was not done by Thursday. In the motion, Welsh argued that Bundy deliberately failed to complete his community service.

Bundy disagreed. Less than a month before the community service deadline, Bundy had argued that his campaign stops satisfied the community service mandate. On November 29, Bundy’s campaign treasurer Aaron Welling submitted a letter to Idaho’s 4th District Court and claimed that Bundy had “completed 1,621 hours of public service”.

Welling said Bundy traveled the state while encouraging people to “become more active in holding officials accountable to the people of Idaho.”

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