LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a New Hampshire man in an armed standoff with U.S. agents near Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch (all times local):
A judge called a New Hampshire man a “bully vigilante” and sentenced him to more than seven years in prison for organizing armed backers of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy following a standoff with U.S. agents in 2014.
Gerald “Jerry” DeLemus (de-LAY’-mus) on Wednesday became the first person sentenced to prison for his ties to the confrontation.
He’s been jailed for almost 16 months, so he’ll spend about six more years behind bars. The 62-year-old had been expected to receive about six years.
But Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro faulted him for trying to withdraw the guilty pleas he entered last August to conspiracy and interstate travel in aid of extortion.
She says she doesn’t think DeLemus accepted responsibility for his actions.
DeLemus said he came to Nevada to protect the Bundy family from armed agents.
This item has been corrected to show that DeLemus was sentenced to more than seven years, not eight years, and will spend about six more years behind bars accounting.
A New Hampshire man is set to become the first person sentenced to federal prison for his role in an armed confrontation with U.S. agents near Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s ranch in 2014.
Gerald “Jerry” DeLemus (de-LAY’-mus) has already been jailed for more than a year, and Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro is expected to sentence him Wednesday to about five more years behind bars.
The judge denied DeLemus’ effort to withdraw the guilty pleas he entered last August to conspiracy and interstate travel in aid of extortion.
He admitted joining Bundy backers after the tense gunpoint standoff northeast of Las Vegas.
Navarro last week postponed until July 10 a retrial that had been set to start June 26 for four defendants whose two-month trial ended in April with a hung jury.
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