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Randy Weaver, former U.S. Army combat engineer, is best known for being at the center of a deadly confrontation with FBI agents at Ruby Ridge, Idaho in 1992.
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The ensuing confrontation resulted in Vicki Weaver's death, and the shootings of Kevin Harris and Randy Weaver. Harris and Weaver managed to stave off authorities in an 11-day stand-off, but were eventually forced to turn themselves over to police. The two men were arrested and tried for the murder of William Degan, but when the trial revealed what appeared to be an ATF entrapment plan and the FBI's botched attack on the household, the two men were acquitted. In 1995,
the government paid Randy Weaver and his family $3.1 million in damages.
In recent years, Weaver has worked to put his life back together. Following the trial he returned to Iowa, eventually remarried, and settled down in the city of Jefferson, Arkansas. He also continues to be a vocal political activist; in 2007 he traveled to New Hampshire to show his support for a couple that refused to pay their federal taxes.
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