San Juan County Commissioner, Phil Lyman, has lawyered-up as he enters the sentencing phase of his trial which surrounded his role in the 2014 Recapture Canyon ATV protest ride.
Lyman and Monte Wells were both convicted by a jury of their peers in federal court and face up to two years in prison and as much as $410,000 in fines, having been convicted of conspiracy and for leading an ATV ride with armed protesters allegedly affiliated with the tea party and sagebrush rebellion movements.
The case has motivated state and county officials to rise to the defense of the convicted, most recently with an effort to have the state fund Lyman’s appeal procedures. As much as $15,000 was raised privately to aid the defense and potential appeal, with the largest donation coming from Utah Governor, Gary Herbert.
A sentencing continuance was granted in federal court to allow Lyman’s newly acquired attorneys sufficient time to review the case and to adequately represent the convicted Lyman. It is widely believed that an appeal will be mounted including the petition for assignment of a Special Master to review the defendants’ case.
A sentencing hearing has been rescheduled for September 15, 2015, in U.S. Court for the District of Utah in Salt Lake City.