A group of Republicans plan to rally outside the State House at the end of the month to request federal officials drop charges against Jerry DeLemus, who is currently incarcerated for his role in a 2014 standoff at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch.
“We would like to see President Trump go to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and have him look into this matter,” said organizer Jack Kimball, a former chairman of the state Republican Party. “We would like all charges dismissed and have all these guys sent home.”
During the recent campaign, DeLemus, a former Marine, was co-chairman of Veterans for Trump in New Hampshire. In 2016, the Rochester man was among the first to plead guilty to federal charges related to an armed confrontation with U.S. officials over grazing rights. But after several defendants were acquitted in a similar Oregon case, DeLemus applied to withdraw his guilty plea, Kimball said.
Jurors are still deliberating in the trial of six other men who brought assault-style weapons to a confrontation that stopped government agents from rounding up cattle near Bundy’s ranch, according to the Associated Press.
The six defendants face 10 charges each, including threatening and assaulting a federal officer, extortion, obstruction, weapon violations and conspiracy.
Each could face more than 50 years in prison if found guilty.
No shots were fired before the federal Bureau of Land Management abandoned the roundup and withdrew.
The “Free Jerry DeLemus & Support Donald Trump Rally” is scheduled for April 29. Speakers include Republican Rep. John Burt and former state representative Susan DeLemus, Jerry’s wife.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report. Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or email@example.com.)