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Burns Chronicles No 61 Jon Ritzheimer is Going to Prison But His Service Continues to Help His Fellow Defendants

Gary Hunt
Outpost of Freedom
December 4, 2017

Jon Ritzheimer had some things to say, after he was sentenced by Judge Anna Brown to serve 1 year and 1 day. However, with time served and good time, he will probably serve only eight more months, beginning in February when he has to begin his sentence.

Below is a letter Jon sent for me to get out to those who wish to see our once great nation returned to obedience to the Constitution, as written and intended. It also explains Jon’s continued willingness to help those who have been required to pay restitution as a part of their sentence. Though I have known about his intention in this regard, for some time, it is time for all to know how kind and caring Jon’s heart really is. The two guns going to auction were the only two that were not confiscated by the government. Truly historical pieces. This will be explained in the following letter.

Further, though he has arranged to have the Gremlin Garage continue in his absences, he is concerned with the needs of his family and provides a means for those of you willing to help, a means to do so.

And, finally, the government sought a 24 month, 3 years of supervised release for Jon. Fortunately, for us, and especially for Jon and his family, Judge Brown saw that though she had to punish him, she chose a much more fair sentence than what the government sought.

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Consider this my post sentence statement that I never got to make due to the Marshall’s Office needing to see me after my sentencing. I want to start by thanking everyone who has stood by my side through all of this and continues to support me and my family as well as the other patriot families who are still having to endure what appears to be a vindictive persecution. I am truly humbled by the compassion I have received during this.

On November 30th, I was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day by Judge Anna Brown. While it is not what I personally wanted, I feel it is a small price to pay and pales in comparison to what I have had to watch my fellow patriots go through thus far. I want people to know that I am ok with the sentence and looking forward to serving it and moving on with my life. I have every intention of wearing my conviction as a badge of honor.

I have had a few people questioning me about my apology in court so I would like to take this opportunity to clarify that. I did read through the victim statements that were submitted and while it was very obvious that some of them were embellished it was also very clear that some of these people were actually afraid because the FBI came to their house and falsely told them that they were in danger. It was never my intention for anyone to feel afraid of us. So my apology is on an individual and personal basis. It was not however, an apology to the Government. I am still very displeased with how things have been going in this Government.

Next I would like to address the symbolic statement I made by removing my military medals from my chest during sentencing and telling the judge that I am no long proud of these. I want people to know that I have not been proud of them for a while now and it is because I have accepted the reality that while I was in Iraq just following orders, I was not upholding my oath to the Constitution. I did not mean this to be any form of disrespect to my fellow Veterans. I believe fighting by my brothers side in Iraq, to ensure they had a better chance of returning home to their families was a good enough reason to be there at this point. But the overall mission in that undeclared and unconstitutional war has not one bit of valor to it. This Government has the most blood on its hands but it has never had to feel the blood on its hands like me and my brothers have actually had to do. And as a man who is now working on the fine art of forgiveness, I am finding it difficult to forgive this government.

I would like to now shift gears and address the statements made by the Government during my sentencing. I found myself lying in bed the night I was sentenced and kicking myself in the butt because I failed to point out some very important facts that the Government strategically left out. They called me a “leader” in this endeavor and I am honored to be known as one of the few that led some of the most honorable people I have ever met. They submitted a picture that had a breakdown of the chain of command at the refuge and pointed out that I was known as Rogue. But what they failed to point out was that 1/3 of the names they claimed I was the leader of were informants. So just to be clear, paid informants came to the refuge and asked me where they could be of assistance and gave the false impression that they were there to help but the reality is that this looks more and more like entrapment as things continue to unfold.

They also spoke about the night of January 5th. They read off a small piece of a larger statement I made about taking a “defensive position” and pointed out that I was dressed in camo and had an AR-15 slung on my back that night. They said I did this because I wrongfully thought the FBI was going to raid the refuge that night. It should be known that the only reason we thought the FBI was going to come in that night was that a paid informant named Mark McConnell came to the refuge on that day and told us that the FBI was coming in and they were going to shoot first and ask questions later. This is the same informant that helped set up the ambush which led to the death of my dear friend, LaVoy Finicum. I also have a recorded phone call with Mark McConnell’s ex-wife that was married to him at the time, who told me that Mark McConnell received $100,000 for his involvement in the setting up of the ambush.

So as I stated earlier, I am going to wear this conviction as a badge of honor. This is not me encouraging others to do the same thing but at least I can now have the satisfaction of feeling like I actually upheld my oath to the Constitution and heeded the call from God when it came. I plan on living a humble life from here on out and look forward to more and more truths coming to light as time goes on. I have faith that we will see great things come from what is now known as one of the greatest acts of patriotic civil disobedience since the Boston Tea Party that was carried out by the Sons of Liberty and led by Samuel Adams himself, 2 years before that start of the American Revolution. Liberty and freedom will always prevail as long as there are a few willing to actually stand for it.

So as I prepare myself for the continued righteous journey that God has set forth for me, I am now in the process of working to ensure that my family will be taken care of in my absence. Since I am currently agreeing to not utilize my God given right that was outline in the second amendment of the Constitution, and therefore I can’t have anything to do with firearms, my wife will be auctioning off the two guns that I carried with me at the refuge. We reached out to a company called UnitedGunGroup.com who is also responsible for selling the famous George Zimmerman handgun. They were able to sell that gun for $250,000 and they are eager to help us raise as much as possible from these two firearms. Our hope is to raise enough money to pay off the entire restitution for everyone involved in the Oregon Case. [Note: The Auction began yesterday and will continue until February 1, 2018.]

We also hope to raise enough money to help the Finicum family and their fight to see justice for LaVoy. These are the only two guns that were used in the initial takeover and made it out of the refuge. The rest were taken by the FBI. The Sig P238 that I wore has been engraved and memorialized in honor of Robert LaVoy Finicum and put inside a case. These guns are special given that they were actually used in their intended purpose that is outline in the second amendment. Pictures of the guns will be found on UnitedGunGroup.com when the auctions start. We look forward to finding someone that wants to own these 2 pieces of history that took part in one of the greatest acts of patriotic civil disobedience since the Boston Tea Party. Donations to help my family, while I am in prison, can be made to PayPal.me/Ritzheimer. I thank you all again for your continued support and may God continue to bless America!


Jon Ritzheimer

[ 12-04-2017, 03:39 PM: Message edited by: ConSigCor ]

"The time for war has not yet come, but it will come and that soon, and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." Gen. T.J. Jackson, March 1861

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So a third were tax dollar paid informents to spy for .gov.
The big informent get 100,000 to set ambush that results in the death of an american.
The shooter that caused the death gets slap on the wrist.
On and on it goes. The one thing that is a for sure thing. When Patriots take a stand. In the end the American tax payer foots the bill. Patriots go to jail. Gov workers get slap on wrist.
Is there something I'm wasn't told.
About the land of the free and home of the brave?


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Who is an informant, who is not? If nothing else, Uncle Sam's greatest magic trick has been to teach us not to trust each other. This whole ordeal sickens me. The informants, the Feds, the traitors, deserve imprisonment. I wish I had the wisdom to know where we go from here.

I was not a fan of the Malheur operation from the start. It is with great sadness that I now understand the substance of what was a gut call then. I do not judge our friends involved, but I knew it would end in death and arrest...I just didn't have clear enough foresight to understand why.

Mr Ritzheimer, I hope you can find the grace to continue your work. Maybe it takes multiples of incidents like this one to break through. Maybe I am a coward for putting my family, my beautiful woman, my career, above my strength. But maybe I am meant to serve a greater purpose. I wish I knew.

I do not pretend to speak for the great men and women of the Blue Ridge, I speak for myself. I am waiting for my moment. I will not initiate violence. But if I must, I will fight.

All must humbly obey the orders of necessity. Come and take it, we will overcome.

Semper Vigilantes, Numquam Exspectantes

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Additional clarification from McConnell's ex wife.

Tammy L McConnell says:
December 7, 2017 at 8:06 am

No I didn’t say Mark had received (as in already paid) it…it was approved for $100,000 but had not yet been paid to my knowledge as of that conversation in early February (which he told me he was recording), and it definitely was not paid as of June 2016 when I recorded conversations with myself and the FBI, as Mark was completely out of control…clearly recording between me and the FBI that Mark was operating under immunity (what that did and did not cover), had been since 2 years prior, Mark had been terminated from the informant program and was only showing on their books as he had not yet been paid for oregon.
My first communication with Jon was in early February 2017. Jon also leaves out that I was blamed by Mark for having told the police he was home on Christmas eve…which I didnt….. I didn’t even have any knowledge of anyone looking to serve Mark anything, nor was I involved in that incident in October….. . The FBI “reward” was NOT included in the disclosure to the defense (they only had to disclose payments that had already been made to informants) nor were the emails/texts of gps coordinates pulsed to both myself and the FBI during the takedown thru “findmespot.com” from a gen3spot communicator. That’s really odd since it would support their own witnesses’ testimony about Mark being an informant…however those records would also show HOW LONG he’d been working for them, etc. He is currently claiming in divorce court thst his gear and the spot communicator used in multiple “events” for the FBI since it’s purchase, were “lost on a hike in april due to rattlesnakes in the area”. He didnt even have it in April (I did) and I’m pretty surr the service provider records would be enlightening. Some big bad operator, that flees from a snake?
Guess they just don’t make them like they used to. Please correct that.

"The time for war has not yet come, but it will come and that soon, and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." Gen. T.J. Jackson, March 1861

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Burns Chronicles No 62
Jon Ritzheimer, Facebook, and Justice

Gary Hunt
Outpost of Freedom
January 1, 2018

Jon Ritzheimer was scheduled to report to prison on February 16, 2018 to serve his year and a day, less time served and good time off. That would probably amount to about 8 months. He had time to prepare things for his family, to make their life easier while he was in prison. He also had work to do to make sure that he got on the ballot in his run to replace the retiring representative, Trent Franks. Jon’s goal was to be fully prepared to go to prison in February

However, a single event and a Facebook post have undermined his planned preparations. Though he had been abiding by all of the rules imposed on him, a simple trip within the same county of where he was approved to go has undermined all of his efforts and goodness.

Once again, Facebook was the downfall of a good man. There is no doubt that his Facebook page is monitored, and once the monitors saw the picture (above), they probably gleefully contacted Judge Anna Brown and reported that Jon was, finally, in violation of his release conditions.

Judge Brown then sent the following chastisement and order to the respective attorneys. I have not spoken to Payne about this, though you will see that he has lost a major part of his freedom, as well. Considering the restrictions imposed on their freedoms, it would seem that they should get credit for time served, or at worst, half credit for time served, as a consequence of this absolute denial of freedom of movement and communication, and consequences for violation thereof.

I have received and reviewed the messages from Ms. Hay and Ms. Wood. Thank you for your prompt responses.

Although I do not intend to issue warrants based on the information discussed in our correspondence today, I am concerned that Defendants have taken advantage of this Court’s release accommodations in their favor. So that this Court’s release conditions are perfectly clear going forward, I intend to take the action outlined below. If any of you wish to be heard as to these decisions, please notify Mr. Rifer, and a hearing will be scheduled early next week. In the meantime, please notify your clients that, in addition to all existing conditions, they are now subject to the following:

With respect to Mr. Payne, I agreed that he could be released from custody on the Oregon hold only in order to be able to confer meaningfully with his co-defendants and their counsel in the ongoing preparation of their mutual defense in Nevada. I certainly did not intend to authorize his travel more than 80 miles from the Las Vegas Courthouse to the Bundy Ranch for social purposes. Please inform Mr. Payne that, effective immediately and for purposes of his temporary release from custody on the Oregon case, the following specific conditions apply:

1. When his approved travel to Montana concludes, he is to return directly to the approved residence in Las Vegas where he will be on “home detention” — meaning, he is to remain at that residence unless he is going directly to or from court (including any pretrial office); the offices of any defense counsel; or church, medical, or treatment services. He is not to return to the Bundy Ranch or to engage in social activities with his co-defendants.

2. If it is determined by Chief Judge Navarro that the Nevada case against Mr. Payne will be dismissed with prejudice, Mr. Payne is to surrender immediately to the U.S. Marshal in Nevada so that a hearing can be conducted within 48 hours of that decision to determine whether he will be detained or released pending his sentencing in Oregon.

3. If it is determined by Chief Judge Navarro that the Nevada proceedings against Mr. Payne will continue, he may remain on release from the Oregon hold subject to all previous conditions and the “home detention” described in Paragraph 1, above.

With respect to Mr. Ritzheimer, I have seen some of his email and text correspondence to his Arizona release officer regarding the request to travel to an “Airbnb” in Las Vegas for his wedding anniversary. In a text, Mr. Ritzheimer wrote: “I will not be going to the Trial or Federal Courthouse to see the Bundy’s [sic] if that’s what you’re thinking. Just wanna to [sic] make that clear. This is a trip for me and my wife’s anniversary.” It’s clear to me Mr. Ritzheimer was not authorized to travel to the Bundy Ranch. Nor was he authorized to make Facebook posts about the Bundy Ranch visit. Rather than deal with his equivocating explanation in the context of a warrant and hearing to determine whether he violated release conditions, however, I’ve concluded the more reasonable course is to advance his surrender date for his prison sentence to next Friday, 1/5/18. To implement that decision, I’ll enter an order early next week modifying the surrender date and directing him to surrender to the U.S. Marshal in Phoenix by Noon on 1/5/18. Even if a BOP facility has not been designated by then, he will get credit for voluntarily surrendering to the U.S. Marshal as ordered.

Ms. Hay and Ms. Wood, please do the necessary to ensure your clients are aware of the particulars of this message. Appropriate orders will enter early next week. In the meantime, it will be a violation of the Oregon release conditions for your clients if they again travel to the Bundy Ranch.

This led to the consequences addressed above, and, ultimately, to Jon having to make major changes to his well-laid plans to be prepared to turn himself in on February 16, 2018.

In Jon’s own words:

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Well, it seems an innocent visit to the Bundy Ranch, during my 10 year wedding Anniversary with my wife in Las Vegas, along with some pictures of me smiling and enjoying life with some of my dearest of friends that were posted on Facebook was enough to anger the courts to the point of sending me to prison early. I can see how this all fits in with Gods plan though. I believe the reason for our misery and suffering is because Gods plan for this entire endeavor has been for us to be used to shed light on some major issues within the judicial system. As Ammon Bundy so eloquently put it, “Sun light is the best disinfectant”. So allow me to clarify how this all went down.

I was given permission to go to Las Vegas and celebrate my 10 year wedding anniversary with my wife for December 22nd and 23rd. During that time, I was able to link up with one of my dearest of friends, Ryan Payne. Ryan was recently released from jail because the prosecution in the Nevada District was caught red-handed willfully withholding exculpatory evidence. Ryan is one of my Co-Defendants from the Oregon case. There was a no contact provision between us, but that was lifted by Judge Jones on September 20, 2016.

While we were spending time together, it was suggested that we go say hello to Carol Bundy at the Bundy Ranch. The Bundy Ranch is only an hour’s drive away from Las Vegas, so we decided to go say hello to Carol. We had an amazing time and I was so grateful that I finally got to meet Carol Bundy and see the famous Bundy Ranch. We were there for less than 2 hours and then we headed back to drop Ryan and his girlfriend off. Then my wife and I made the long drive back home to Phoenix.

Now let’s back up a bit. I recently submitted a motion asking for my social media restrictions to be lifted because I am running for Congress. I recently made the decision to lay down the sword and pick up the pen. I want to try to work towards a peaceful revolution and put in some actual work towards restoring this Government to the confines of the Constitution, as they were set forth by the Founding Fathers. So I asked for the restriction to be lifted so I could run a successful campaign and replace the dirty, ladder-climbing, politicians who are clawing and foaming at the mouth for the opportunity to act as if they are actually representing the people.

This motion, like many others, had gone unanswered for some time, but they were able to act quickly and swiftly when it came time to telling me I had to go to prison early. I will say that I am grateful that the Judge is at least letting me turn myself in rather than issuing an arrest warrant and causing me to gain points in the BOP (Bureau of Prisons) due to loosing credit for self-surrender. This would then cause me to go to a higher level of security prison, which is not what I want at all. I am also grateful that she is giving me until the 12th of January (Initially, she said I had to report on January 5) due to the major hardship and mental anguish it would have caused my family.

I believe this is just another example of how I was set up for failure from the beginning. When I was initially released, I was told I could not have any contact with Militia. I had to inform my attorney that I violated that order within 10 minutes of being out because I ordered a hamburger from McDonalds and the kid who took my order was surely between the ages of 18 and 45 and was able bodied. For those of you out there scratching your head, please read 10 U.S. Code Section 311. You’ll see what the actual Militia is and who all it encompasses. The bottom line is that the judicial system sucks. It’s beyond oppressive and for no good reason to someone like myself who just wants to accept his punishment, make an honest living, have a few smiles with my friends, and enjoy freedom and liberty with no ill intentions.

I will now be self surrendering on January 12th as a punishment for visiting the Bundy Ranch and for pictures of me smiling, and enjoying life with some of the most honorable and kind hearted people God’s green earth has ever seen.

My wife and daughters will need help during these times, as this is now hitting us like a ton of bricks out of nowhere. We are humbly accepting PayPal donations to PayPal.me/ritzheimer. Thank you all for the continued support. God Bless you all and remember that this, too, shall pass.

Finally, after analyzing my current situation and deciding that I need to utilize my remaining days to prepare my family for my now expedited departure, I have decided to throw in the towel on the race for Congress. I have prayed on this decision and I believe it is just the right thing to do. I hate the fact that the Government is, in a sense, winning yet another battle by suppressing me to the point that I can’t run. But this is just another small battle.

It is not the end of the great war for freedom and liberty. I sincerely thank everyone for their support.

As for me… I hear prison is lovely this time of year. God bless and Godspeed!

I will leave you all with my favorite Samuel Adams quote that I hope resonates with some of you out there:

“If the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them.”
~Samuel Adams~

/s/ Jon Ritzheimer

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So, now we have a sense of justice, as applied when one defies the imposition of constraint on the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution.

"The time for war has not yet come, but it will come and that soon, and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." Gen. T.J. Jackson, March 1861

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