SALT LAKE CITY – San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman and Monte Wells were sentenced in federal court Friday morning for their roles in the 2014 ATV protest ride through Recapture Canyon.
U.S. District Judge David Nuffer sentenced Lyman to serve 10 days in jail and three years of supervised probation. He will surrender himself to state custody after April 30, 2016, when tax season concludes, due to his position as a certified public accountant. He is also being fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $95,000 in restitution.
As a condition of Lyman’s probation, he is banned from making public statements or engaging in behaviors that advocate violation of federal land use laws.
Lyman will be serving his jail time at the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane.
Wells has also been sentenced to serve three years probation and five days in jail. He has been ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.
Lyman and Wells were convicted in May by a jury on federal charges of conspiracy and taking motorized vehicle through public lands closed to vehicle use.
The charges stem from the 2014 ATV protest ride into Recapture Canyon in San Juan County that Lyman and others took part in. The ride was in protest of the closure of the area by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Bureau of Land Management shut off access to the canyon in 2007, citing the need to prevent damage to Native American archeological sites in the area. Local residents felt the BLM closure was arbitrary and bypassed a mandated federal review process.
This is a developing story.
St. George News reporter Mori Kessler contributed to this article.
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