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Over objections from federal prosecutors that he is a flight risk and a danger to the community, a judge Wednesday granted the conditional release of Dylan Wade Anderson, a Provo man who introduced himself to media as "Captain Moroni" during the 41-day occupation of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon.
Anderson, 35, has been detained since his arrest at an FBI checkpoint Jan. 27. He's charged with felonies for conspiring to impede federal officers and possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.
Prosecutors argued that Anderson was among the first to join the occupation and the last to leave, and that he brought a handgun and an assault rifle that he abandoned before he left.
His mother, Jean Clay, told The Tribune earlier this month that Anderson became involved with demonstrations against federal management of public lands during a 2014 standoff at Cliven Bundy's ranch in Bunkerville, Nev. Anderson and his wife, Cynthia, were also photographed at a May 2014 protest ATV ride in San Juan County's Recapture Canyon.
He is ordered to find full-time employment or schooling, to limit his travel to within state boundaries unless traveling to Portland for court purposes, to avoid contact with co-defendents and individuals involved with the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and to refrain from encouraging unlawful activity.
He is the second Utahn to be released in connection with the Malheur occupation; Kanab's Shawna Cox was the other. Manti's Wesley Kjar is still in custody.
Travis Levi Cox turned himself in to southern Utah police last week, according to The Spectrum.
Iron County Sheriff's Office Lt. Del Schlosser said Wednesday that he didn't know whether Travis Cox would be transferred back to Oregon from a southern Utah jail. During a hearing in St. George last week, Cox requested he be returned to Oregon.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.