New Hampshire man’s plea delayed in Bundy standoff
LAS VEGAS – A former New Hampshire sheriff candidate’s guilty pleas to federal charges in an armed confrontation with U.S. land management agents near cattleman Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada have been delayed.
Defense attorney Brian Smith said Tuesday that a paperwork snag caused the postponement of Gerald “Jerry” DeLemus’ plea date to Thursday.
DeLemus (de-LAY’-mus), of Rochester, New Hampshire, will face prison time on federal conspiracy and interstate travel in aid of extortion charges.
The charges relate to a gunpoint standoff involving Bundy backers and federal agents in April 2014 about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
Blaine Cooper of Humboldt, Arizona, is also due to plead guilty Thursday to reduced charges.
DeLemus and Cooper are among 19 people to face charges that include obstruction, weapon possession and use, and threatening and assaulting federal officers.