Guilty plea agreements were accepted Thursday for two men who are part of the federal prosecution of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.
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Gerald DeLemus of New Hampshire was the first of 19 defendants connected to an armed standoff with federal officers near Bunkerville to reach a plea deal with federal prosecutors.
More than 90 potential jurors for the upcoming trial of rancher Ammon Bundy for his alleged role in the 41-day occupation of an Oregon bird sanctuary have been excluded from the jury pool, leaving prosecutors and defense lawyers with about 200 more to assess until 12 are selected to serve on the jury.
Another defendant in the Bunkerville standoff case involving the Bundy family is pleading guilty.
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said Thursday he’s “confident” that President Barack Obama will designate Gold Butte as a national monument before leaving office in January.
Gerald DeLemus, a politically active New Hampshire man, has become the first of 19 defendants to strike a plea deal in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff.
A federal judge said in court papers that he has allowed six of the defendants accused in the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge earlier this year to meet with their attorneys after they complained about their ability to prepare for trial from a county jail.
For a man federal authorities have described as rancher in name only, Cliven Bundy still sends a fair amount of cattle to market. Since Bundy was arrested by the FBI on Feb. 10, his ranch has sold 117 cows, calves and steers to buyers and auction houses in Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, according to state brand inspection records.
Since February, Cliven Bundy’s youngest son, Arden, 18, has been keeping track of the cattle on the range and taking care of the farming at the family’s homestead along the Virgin River.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal and other news media Friday sought to overturn a federal judge’s protective order withholding the bulk of the government’s evidence from the public in the Bunkerville standoff case.
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