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Feds Calls Hutaree Trial Outcome 'Disappointing'

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They both face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Based on their felony convictions, the Stones will never be allowed to possess firearms again.

A federal judge in Michigan tossed out the majority of the case earlier this week because she said that David Stone's heated rhetoric against law enforcement didn't amount to a specific plot and that the evidence against other members of the militia was weak.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade called the court's order "disappointing" but said it "does not shake our commitment to dismantling groups who would harm our citizens and law enforcement officers, and these efforts will continue."

"While we disagree with the court's decision, we respect its role, and we recognize that reasonable minds can disagree on where legal lines are drawn," McQuade said.

Stone, Sr. said the case should serve as a warning to the public.

"This could happen to anybody," he said. "It's amazing how someone can take a comment out of context and make it into what they want it to be." People suspicious about the government, Stone said, now know "their paranoia is true."

Full coverage of the Hutaree case here.