- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Four men accused of riding ATVs through a closed southern Utah canyon to protest what they call federal government overreach are headed to trial after three rejected plea deals in the case.

Lawyers wouldn’t say what the offers were or why they were rebuffed following a federal hearing Wednesday in Salt Lake City. An attorney for San Juan County commissioner Phil Lyman confirmed that he wasn’t offered a deal.

The trial is set for April 28.

The other three defendants are Monticello blogger Monte Wells and alleged protest participants Shane Marian and Franklin “Trent” Holliday. All four have pleaded not guilty to illegal use of ATVs and conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby refused to toss the case earlier this month. He rejected arguments that the charges violated freedom of speech.



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