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Cliven Bundy to Stay in |Jail Until Standoff Trial

LAS VEGAS (CN) - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy will remain in federal custody through his trial on federal charges stemming from an April 2014 standoff at Bundy's ranch north of Las Vegas.

On Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bill Hoffman denied Bundy's request to be released, saying he is a danger to the local community and citing his past history of ignoring court orders. A trial date has not yet been set.

Hoffman granted Bundy the opportunity to appeal his decision in Nevada Federal Court.

After the 10:30 a.m. hearing, Bundy's wife Carol denied her husband is dangerous and asked reporters: "Where in the Constitution does it say the federal government can own land?"

She said she wouldn't live with Bundy if he were dangerous.

Bundy faces 16 felony counts, including extortion, obstruction of justice and conspiracy, for interfering with the federal government's roundup of Bundy cattle illegally grazing on federal land.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) says Bundy owes it more than $1.1 million in unpaid federal grazing penalties and fees.

On April 12, 2014, Bundy and several of his armed supporters stopped the BLM from rounding up his cattle, leading to a highly publicized standoff lasting several days.

Bundy and his sons, Ammon, Ryan, Melvyn and David, are among 19 facing federal charges.

Ammon and Ryan Bundy also face charges stemming from their recent standoff with the federal government at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

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