Mar 5, 2016 12:36 PM
Jerry DeLemus heads to hearing Monday while supporters call for big turnout at court
ROCHESTER- Supporters of Jerry DeLemus are hoping for a big show of support at his hearing in federal court Monday.
DeLemus was indicted by a grand jury on multiple counts connected to his involvement with Cliven Bundy in Nevada, where a group of armed men engaged with federal officials to take back cattle that had been seized for grazing illegally on public lands in 2014. The clash involved about 200 people, including armed snipers.
DeLemus faces nine charges including conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S., conspiracy to impede and injure a federal officer, assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, use and carry of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and obstruction of the due administration of justice.
Bundy was accused of trespassing on public lands, letting his herds of cattle graze near Bunkerville, Nev., without obtaining the legally required permits or paying the required fees for more than 20 years. According to the indictment, Bundy ignored four court orders to remove his cattle. The insurrection led by Bundy and his followers stemmed from the impoundment of about 400 animals by federal officials on April 5, 2014.
DeLemus is identified in the indictment as a "mid-level leader and organizer of the conspiracy, who among other things: recruited, organized, trained and provided logistical support to gunmen and other followers and organized and led armed patrols and security checkpoints."
DeLemus is a Tea Party activist and co-chairman of Veterans for Trump. He was arrested Thursday during an FBI raid.
DeLemus is at the Strafford County Jail, where he will remain until his detention hearing Monday.