New Weapons Charges Filed Against Hutaree

June 3, 2010 6:55 a.m.

Federal prosecutors have added several more weapons charges in their case against members of the Hutaree militia.

Nine members of the Christian militia group were indicted in March on multiple charges involving an alleged plot to attack police, including seditious conspiracy and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction. All nine pleaded not guilty to the original charges.

According to the new indictment, released Wednesday, federal agents found machine guns, unregistered short-barreled rifles, other firearms, and more than 148,000 rounds of ammunition at the Michigan home of Hutaree leader David Brian Stone, which was used as a base for meetings and training. Federal agents also found “a variety of explosives and related items capable of being readily assembled to build several types of destructive devices including IEDs.”The new 15-count indictment includes many of the same charges as the original indictment, but also adds 10 new weapons-related charges including machine gun possession, possession of unregistered firearms and possession of a firearm to further a violent crime.

“I have no comment on it. Charges don’t mean anything,” David Stone’s defense attorney, William Swor, said.

Check out the indictment here:

And full TPMmuckraker coverage here.

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