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Judge Considers Bail For DeLemus On Bundy Standoff Charges

Josh Rogers, NHPR

Federal Magistrate Andrea Johnstone heard from prosecutors, who argued that Jerry DeLemus brought a 50 caliber sniper rifle to Nevada, took part in armed patrols and wrote on Facebook that he would die to defend the Bundys.  

Johnstone also heard from DeLemus’s defense lawyer, who called him “law abiding,”  “peaceful” and no flight risk.

Several witnesses testified as well. GOP state lawmakers Warren Groen and David Bates told the court DeLemus is a man of his word, a devout Christian, a  “patriot” and a ‘peacemaker.”

DeLemus next door neighbor, Stephanie Monza, a self-described Bernie Sanders supporter, told the court she differs with DeLemus on politics, but that he’s “anything but violent.” A point Monza reiterated on the courthouse steps.

"I’ve known Jerry for 13 years, and he’s kind, he’s calm. He’s a very family oriented man, that’s why I was here."

Jerry DeLemus remains in custody as Johnstone considers bail conditions.

DeLemus is one of 19 people to be charged in connection to the 2014 Bundy standoff.

Any trial is likely to be held in Nevada.

Josh has worked at NHPR since 2000.
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