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Sentencing has been postponed for San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman and another man for their role in an illegal ATV ride through Recapture Canyon.

Lyman and Monte Wells were convicted in U.S. District Court in May of misdemeanor charges of conspiracy and driving on public lands closed to motor vehicles in promoting a 2014 protest ride through the scenic canyon.

Lyman and Wells had been scheduled for sentencing on Tuesday but since their conviction several federal judges have recused themselves from the case and the sentencing date was vacated.

U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby recused himself after Lyman's new attorneys raised questions about his friendship with a Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance staffer.

Since then, Judges Jill Parrish and David Sam have recused themselves from the case. Chief Judge David Nuffer is currently assigned.

A motion calling for a new trial remains pending and no new sentencing date has been set