Convicted lawbreaker becomes new Utah lawmaker

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here.

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — He was a convicted misdemeanor lawbreaker; now he’s a new Utah lawmaker.

Phil Lyman, former San Juan County Commissioner, who led a ride five years ago in Recapture Canyon—which was off limits to ATVs—was sworn in Monday as a new state representative.

“Do you regret anything about the ATV ride?“ 2News asked Lyman.

“Yeah, I regret that the US Attorney’s Office listened to Alliance for a Better Utah, instead of looking at the facts,” Lyman responded.Convicted lawbreaker becomes new Utah lawmaker

The alliance said the ride damaged sensitive archeological areas. Lyman spent ten days in jail, money for his “very expensive” legal defense, and eventually launched a winning campaign that has now put him the statehouse.

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here.

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