We interrupt our steady stream of Trump law-and-order proclamations to bring you news about Jerry DeLemus, New Hampshire co-chair of Veterans for Trump. DeLemus, as you may recall, was arrested in March along with two Bundy boys and charged with several felonies in relationship to his participation in the Bunkerville standoff.
DeLemus is now the first to take a plea deal in that case, according to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Federal prosecutors describe DeLemus, who has been in custody for more than five months, as a “gunman and midlevel organizer” in the Bundy family-led scheme to assault law enforcement officers who had rounded up Bundy cattle.
He is to enter a change of plea Aug. 23 before Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro.
In a court filing Tuesday, Navarro said she has received a signed guilty plea agreement from DeLemus, who was indicted on nine federal charges, including conspiracy.
Details of the agreement will not be made public until after he appears in court. But his Las Vegas lawyer, Brian Smith, said he is free to argue for a lesser sentence than the six years in prison prosecutors seek.
According to the same report, DeLemus arrived too late to participate in the initial confrontation between the ranchers and BLM agents, but remained on the premises, transitioning into an "organizer of gunmen on the ground" after the initial standoff.
He remained there for three weeks after the confrontation, where he was in charge of what the Bundy gang called "Camp Liberty," the place where armed militia members were staying.
The government is seeking a prison sentence of at least 6 years as part of the agreement, but according to prosecutors, DeLemus can attempt to negotiate that sentence downward.
This is where I remind you that DeLemus' candidate, Donald J. Trump, just gave a speech about "law and order." Only one campaign has an official in jail who is about to plea-bargain on federal charges, and it isn't Hillary Clinton.
Lock DeLemus up.