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Man charged in ranching standoff denied bail

Posted at 10:57 AM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 12:57:15-05

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A New Hampshire man facing charges in a 2014 armed standoff in Nevada by ranchers opposed to federal control of public lands has been denied bail.

Rochester resident Gerald DeLemus is accused of being a "mid-level leader" and organizer of a conspiracy to recruit, organize, train and provide support to armed men and other followers of rancher Cliven Bundy.

He was among a dozen people in five states arrested last week.

A U.S. magistrate judge said Tuesday while DeLemus didn't act unlawfully in the last two years, there's no evidence that that he abandoned his beliefs "with regard to his willingness to engage in armed confrontation with government officers."

The judge ordered him extradited to Nevada to face charges.

DeLemus' lawyer said his client had nothing to do with the confrontation.