Court denies withdrawal of NH man's guilty plea in connection to 2014 ranch standoff
LAS VEGAS — A New Hampshire man's motion to withdraw his guilty plea in connection with a 2014 standoff involving federal agents and Nevada cattle rancher, Cliven Bundy, has been denied.
Gerald "Jerry" DeLemus's sentencing hearing has been continued to May 31 after originally being scheduled for Friday.
DeLemus has been incarcerated in Nevada since March of 2016 when he was arrested in connection with an armed standoff that occurred between supporters of cattle rancher, Cliven Bundy and federal agents in 2014.
In August of 2016, DeLemus accepted a plea deal of a 6-year-sentence for his alleged role, pleading guilty to conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer and interstate travel in aid of extortion.
However, in October of 2016, six co-defendants who police also accused of taking part in the standoff were found not guilty by a jury on charges related to the incident.
In light of those developments, DeLemus filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea in January.
According to court documents, DeLemus previously said that "he was advised during discussions with (DeLemus' attorney Brian Smith) if he did not accept the offered plea, the Government would assert additional counts against him before trial."