ALL NEWS

Utah Rep. Phil Lyman and Weldon Angelos included in President Trump’s wave of pardons

Dec 22, 2020, 6:12 PM | Updated: 9:45 pm
Trump pardons...
A Marine stands outside the entrance to the West Wing of the White House, signifying the President is in the Oval Office, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump issued a wave of 20 pardons Tuesday night, including Utah Rep. Phil Lyman and criminal justice activist Weldon Angelos. 

Rep. Lyman was convicted in 2014 for trespassing while leading an ATV protest ride through a closed canyon in southern Utah. A jury found then-San Juan County Commissioner Lyman guilty in 2015, prompting him to face 10 days in prison and pay almost $100,000 in fines. 

“Mr. Lyman is known to be a man of integrity and character who was serving as a county commissioner in Utah when he was subjected to selective prosecution for protesting the Bureau of Land Management’s closure of the Recapture Canyon to ATV riders,” the White House said in a statement. “He had no other criminal history, but he was arrested and sentenced to 10 days in prison and nearly $96,000 in restitution.”

Lyman was among 15 other individuals to receive a full pardon from President Trump, which the White House said was supported by Utah Sen. Mike Lee and former Rep. Jason Chaffetz. 

His pardon wipes the federal conviction from his records, despite him already serving jail time and paying his fines for damages he caused in the canyons. 

“Today is an important day for my family and me, and for rural Utah,” Lyman said in a Facebook post. “To say the last 5 years were difficult would be an understatement. My family has been my salvation in the darkest moments.”

 

Today is an important day for my family and me, and for rural Utah. To say the last 5 years were difficult would be an…

Posted by Phil Lyman on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Angelos was also issued a full pardon from President Trump, after he was sentenced to prison for 55 years in 2002 for marijuana and gun possession, adhering to minimum sentence rules. Angelos was eventually released after serving 13 years because of a judicial order calling the sentence “unjust and cruel and even irrational.” 

“Mr. Angelos is an active criminal justice reform advocate and champion of giving second chances,” the White House said. “Because of mandatory minimums, Mr. Angelos was sentenced in 2002 to 55 years’ imprisonment for selling marijuana and carrying a handgun in the course of dealing.”

Angelos later participated in a prison reform summit at the White House in 2018, with his pardon supported by Sen. Lee and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), among others. 

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Tooele City announced its firework restrictions Sunday evening. Photo Credit: Tooele City's Faceboo...
Devin Oldroyd

Tooele City releases fireworks restrictions map

Tooele City announced its firework restrictions Sunday evening.
24 hours ago
A Navy soldier stands guard as authorities wait for the arrival of people who were evacuated from t...
Associated Press

Tropical Storm Colin brings rain to Carolinas, weakens

Tropical Storm Colin formed along the coast on Saturday. Conditions are expected to improve by Monday's Fourth of July celebrations.
24 hours ago
Photo credit: UDOT...
Devin Oldroyd

Semi-truck rolls on I-80 at U.S.-40, Silver Creek Junction

What caused the semi-truck to roll is still under investigation at this time. All lanes in the area have been cleared and are operational.
24 hours ago
People leave Field's shopping centre, after Danish police said they received reports of shooting, i...
Kim Norgaard, Pierre Meilhan and Jorge Engels, CNN

Several people killed in Copenhagen mall shooting, police say

shooting at a mall in Copenhagen has left several people dead, local police said Sunday.
24 hours ago
Travelers wait in for a TSA security check at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles,...
DAVID KOENIG ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pre-pandemic sized crowds descend on US airports for holiday

TSA is reporting crowds of pre-pandemic size are traveling this Independence Day.
3 days ago
The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City says there is a red flag warning in effect for Weste...
Lindsay Aerts

Fourth of July weekend weather conditions ripe for fires

The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City says there is a red flag warning in effect for Western Utah. It warns that many fires are human caused.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Utah Rep. Phil Lyman and Weldon Angelos included in President Trump’s wave of pardons