Trial
10:33 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Michigan militia leader and his son plead guilty to gun charge

Two days after a federal judge in Detroit dismissed charges against seven "Hutaree" militia members in Michigan, the leader of the group and his son have plead guilty to a lesser weapons charge.

More from the Associated Press:

Hutaree leader David Stone and Joshua Stone pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing a machine gun in a deal with federal prosecutors in Detroit. The pleas end a six-week trial that began with seven militia members charged with conspiring to go to war against the government and to use weapons of mass destruction.

Two years ago, nine Hutaree militia members were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit "on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence."

Seven of the members were ultimately brought to trial. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said the government failed to present evidence of a plan against the government.

Today's plea on the weapons charges by David and Joshua Stone brings an end to the government's case.