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Apr 22, 2016 11:56 AM

Fundraiser to be held for Rochester man charged in Nevada ranching standoff


ROCHESTER — There will be a fundraiser to help Jerry DeLemus's family to deal with expenses while he is under arrest.

DeLemus, 61, a Marine Corps veteran, a former candidate for Strafford County sheriff and husband of state representative Susan DeLemus, is facing nine federal charges out of Nevada for being a "mid-level leader" and organizer of a conspiracy for followers of rancher Cliven Bundy in a 2014 standoff, according to Foster's.

The charges on DeLemus include conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice, attempting to impede or injure a federal law enforcement officer, as well as several firearm charges.

Jack Kimball, 68, of Dover is the former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party and has set up the fundraiser. The fundraiser was put in place to help the DeLemus family with legal and household expenses while DeLemus is held. He met DeLemus eight years ago and feels that he is being wrongfully incarcerated.

"Jerry is a man of peace," Kimball said to the paper. "In my view, Jerry prevented anyone from being hurt. He saved lives."

The fundraiser is scheduled to take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Groen Construction, located at 120 Washington St. in Rochester. Anyone who is unable to attend the fundraiser but still wishes to donate can do so at www.patriotjerry.com/.

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