LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two defendants are set to become the first to plead guilty in Nevada to federal charges stemming from an armed confrontation with U.S. land management agents near Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s ranch in 2014.
Gerald “Jerry” DeLemus (de-LAY’-mus) of New Hampshire is expected to enter his plea Tuesday.
Blaine Cooper of Arizona is due in court Thursday.
In court filings, U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro says she has signed plea agreements from the two men.
Attorneys for both defendants say they can’t talk about the pleas until after they’re entered.
DeLemus and Cooper are among 19 defendants currently in federal custody in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff.
Federal prosecutors describe both as organizers and leaders of a conspiracy to stop a U.S. Bureau of Land Management round-up of Bundy cattle.