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Cliven Bundy and sons' day in court pushed back for retrial

Cliven Bundy has been in jail since his arrest early in 2016. The new trial schedule means he and his sons likely won't go to trial until this fall. (KSNV file)

Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons will have to wait several more weeks or months before they get their day in court.

Chief Judge Gloria Navarro ruled today that four defendants in the first trial related to the April 2014 Bundy ranch standoff will be retried starting June 26. Their first trial, which began Feb. 6, ended with a mistrial last month when the jury could not reach a verdict.

That means Scott Drexler, Richard Lovelien, Steven Stewart and Eric Parker will be retried starting June 26. The trial of the "tier one" defendants, including the Bundy's, will start 30 days after the retrial verdict is reached.

Idaho resident Todd Engel and Arizona resident Gregory Burleson were convicted of some of the charges they faced in the first trial of the so-called "tier three" defendants, "gunmen" considered the least culpable in the standoff.

Burleson was convicted of assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal officer, interference with interstate commerce by extortion, obstruction of justice, interstate travel in aid of extortion and several gun counts.

He faces a mandatory minimum of 57 years.

Engel was convicted of obstruction of justice and interstate travel in aid of extortion. He represented himself at trial and now faces up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors have filed a motion to drop the remaining charges that Burleson and Engel two were facing that the jury could not reach a verdict on. Judge Navarro has yet to rule on the motion.

The new trial schedule would likely put off the trial for Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy until fall at the earliest.

All defendants are being held in a federal lockup and motions to secure their release prior to trial have been denied by the government.

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