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Oct 28, 2016 2:55 PM

Rochester activist facing charges for Oregon standoff wants to go to trial

LAS VEGAS - Following the acquittal of six co-defendants who faced federal charges for occupying a national wildlife refuge, a New Hampshire activist plans to withdraw his guilty plea and instead take his case to trial.

Gerald 'Jerry' Delemus of Rochester was arrested in March after federal agents stormed his home. In August he accepted a plea deal, saying he conspired with others who engaged with Cliven Bundy in a tense gunpoint standoff in April of 2014.

Bundy and six co-defendants were found not guilty by a jury Thursday on charges related to the incident.

In light of those developments, Delemus now plans to withdraw his guilty plea and 6 year sentence and take his chances at trial with a jury, according to Jack Kimball.

"I spoke to Jerry last night. He wants to let the media know that he will be withdrawing his plea bargain deal effective today," Kimball said.

Speaking on behalf of Delemus, Kimball said he's prepared to a fight at trial and was coerced into signing a plea bargain after family and friends were threatened.

The trial could take place as early as February but a date has not yet been set.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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