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The Men Charged With Getting Guns For Bundy Ranch Protesters Face Retrial

Four alleged militia arms suppliers of the 2014 Bundy Ranch standoff are facing retrial in a Nevada court after a deadlocked jury prompted a mistrial.

Eric Parker, Scott Drexler, Steven Stewart, and Ricky Lovelien’s retrial starts Monday, 3 News Las Vegas reports. The four men are charged with conspiracy, extortion, threats, assault and other crimes for their part in the standoff against federal officials.

Each man faces a mandatory minimum 57-year prison sentence if convicted on all accounts.

A federal judge declared a mistrial April 24 after the jury said they were “hopelessly deadlocked” on conspiracy charges against the men. The jurors did convict two others, Greg Burleson and Todd Engel, on lesser accounts of obstruction of justice and interstate travel in aid of extortion, however, The Washington Times reports.

The new trial was scheduled to begin June 24, the same day Cliven Bundy, the militia leader in the standoff, was also supposed to appear in court, Fox News reports.

The retrial date pushed back Bundy’s court appearance, and then a second time after the jury makeup of the retrial, almost all women, drew complaints. The judge restructured the jury by replacing three of the women with men, according to 3 News.

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