UPDATE: Trial date for DeLemus, others in ranching standoff moved to next year
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A federal judge has set the trial date for the 19 defendants of the Bundy ranching standoff in 2014, including New Hampshire's Gerald DeLemus.
Two years ago rancher Cliven Bundy and 18 others including DeLemus are accused of conducting an armed standoff against the government in a fight over land. Since then, DeLemus and other defendants have been moved multiple times over the past year leading up to a trial start date.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen said in a written order on Tuesday that it'll take time to prepare for trial involving 19 defendants, more than 30 government witnesses and an exceptionally large amount of evidence.
Judge Leen cancelled the trial's initial starting date, which was set to begin on May 2 saying it was unrealistic being too soon in preparation of the trial.
The trial's start date in Las Vegas has been rescheduled to begin on Feb. 6, 2017, which could mean a longtime spent in jail for Bundy, DeLemus and the other defendants who could each get the equivalent of life in prison if found guilty on all charges.