michigan militia

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Drivers passing by military recruiting centers in the Flint area may be surprised to see armed men standing outside.

“We’re protecting those who protect us,” says Dave McKellar. 

McKellar and other local militia group members say they are there in response to last week’s deadly shooting spree in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

U.S. Marshall Service

DETROIT (AP) - Prosecutors are urging a judge to send the leader of a southern Michigan militia to prison for possessing a machine gun and other illegal weapons.

David Stone is returning to Detroit federal court next week. In March, he and other members of the Hutaree were cleared of conspiring to rebel against the government, but Stone pleaded guilty to a gun crime.

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.

(photo taken from a Hutaree Militia website)

Jury selection is scheduled to begin tomorrow in the case of members of a Christian militia group accused of plotting attacks on Michigan police officers.

 Members of the Hutaree Militia are accused of plotting to murder a police officer.  Then attack the officer’s funeral procession, in order to kill more law enforcement officers.     The attacks were allegedly to inspire an insurrection against the government