- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A sentencing date has been set for a county commissioner convicted of leading an ATV protest ride through a closed canyon.

Court records filed Friday show that Phil Lyman is set to be sentenced on federal misdemeanor charges on Dec. 18.

He will be sentenced by a new judge, U.S. District Judge David Nuffer. He got the case in September, after three other federal judges recused themselves.

Lyman was convicted along with southern Utah blogger Monte Wells in the 2014 ride that was designed to protest what organizers called federal overreach in closing a southeastern Utah canyon to motorized vehicles.

The conviction didn’t stop the Utah Association of Counties from naming Lyman county commissioner of the year. The group says Lyman is committed to standing for something his colleagues believe in.

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