Commissioner Pleads Not Guilty in Recapture Case

October 20, 2014
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recapture ride(Salt Lake-The Petroglyph) SALT LAKE CITY — A San Juan County commissioner who organized a ride to protest the federal government’s closure of an ATV trail in southeastern Utah pleaded not guilty along with four others Friday to misdemeanor charges. Federal prosecutors charged the five men, including Commissioner Phil Lyman, with one count of conspiracy to operate off-road vehicles on public lands closed to off-road vehicles and one count of operation of off-road vehicles on public lands closed to off-road vehicles. “These are God-fearing Americans who want to enjoy the great outdoors, especially the great outdoors right outside their back door,” said Nathan Crane, an attorney representing Monte Jerome Wells. Also charged are Jay Redd, Shane Morris Marian and Franklin Trent Holliday.

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