Los Osos man facing federal conspiracy charges

February 13, 2016
Neil Wampler

Neil Wampler

A federal judge at a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles denied bail Friday for a Los Osos man who participated in the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon. Neil Wampler is to be extradited to Oregon to face a federal conspiracy charge.

On Wednesday evening, the FBI arrested Wampler, 68, at his Los Osos home during a sweep in which federal agents rounded up protesters who participated in the armed occupation.

Wampler, 68, is charged with a single felony count of conspiracy to impede officers from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats.

Authorities have indicted at least 25 participants in the occupation, each of whom face the charge of conspiring to impede federal officers.

In January, Wampler drove to Oregon from the Central Coast to join the occupation. He served as a camp cook at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

On Jan. 26, the FBI stopped a two-vehicle convoy that included Nevada resident Ammon Bundy and other leaders of the occupation. Agents shot and killed Robert “LaVoy” Finicum during an ensuing confrontation.

Most of the remaining protesters then left the refuge after hearing they would not be arrested if they took off quickly. Wampler had left earlier to spend time with his family in Los Osos.

The final four occupiers of the refuge surrendered to federal agents Thursday morning.




    Where was he when we were fighting the soon to be useless sewer system?

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  2. UncleCharlie says:

    These delusional, low functioning, brain dead crackers literally lay awake at night worrying that someone is gonna deprive them of their right to get fueled up on booze and wave their guns around. And any suggestion that their daughter should have the right to an abortion, or their neighbor the right to smoke a joint is automatic 100% full retard show. SO funny. Keep it repub’s, when you are utterly marginalized (which is close), a younger generation of smarter leaders will take control of your once great party and begin fixing what you have destroyed.

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  3. tojofay says:

    I wonder if Cal Coast News will give the person who tipped them off that this dude was in Oregon a reward.

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  4. ironyman2000 says:

    This deluded goofball will never be the martyr he dreams himself to be.

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  5. unlisted says:

    Actions have consequences, Neil.

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  6. joseywales says:

    only the government can conspire……and they do it behind our backs….

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  7. UncleCharlie says:

    So funny. The level of crazy shown by these “patriots” exceeds anything that could possibly be ignored by even the craziest of right wing retards.

    Dear gun freaks – nobody wants to risk crossing your yard with mean dogs and broken appliances much less break into your house to steal your bowling trophies.

    Get a grip.

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