Grand jury adds charges against 4 Hutaree members

Detroit Free Press/June 2, 2010

A federal grand jury added charges today against four members of the Lenawee County Hutaree militia, charging them with possessing machine guns and other illegal weapons.

The new indictment includes two counts of possession of a machine gun and one count of possession of an illegal weapon against David Stone Sr., 45, of Clayton and his son Joshua Stone, 21, of Clayton.

The indictment also added one count of possessing a machine gun against Joshua Clough and one count of possessing an illegal weapon against Stone’s son David Stone Jr., 19, of Adrian.

The new weapons charges are punishable by a prison term of up to 10 years and $250,000 in fines.

FBI agents arrested the nine members in late March on charges of plotting the violent overthrow of the U.S. government and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction.

Four of the members are free on bond: Tina Stone, 44, of Clayton; David Stone Jr., 19, of Adrian, Kristopher Sickles, 27, of Sandusky, Ohio, and Jacob Ward, 33, of Huron, Ohio. The other five remain locked up while defense lawyers and prosecutors are awaiting word from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on whether they can be released.

They are charged with seditious conspiracy and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction.

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