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Judge orders release of 9 Hutaree militia


She said federal prosecutors failed to persuade her that the defendants must be jailed until trial.

There was no immediate comment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Roberts said the defendants could be freed under house arrest on electronic tethers. They must surrender their concealed weapons permits, cannot apply for a license to purchase or carry guns and cannot drink alcohol or take drugs.

She said they must continue to work and report to pretrial services on a weekly basis.

Robert said the defendants also must provide a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers for all Hutaree members and members of any other militia groups they associated with.

Roberts put more than two dozen restrictions on the group, altogether.

The defendants are David Stone, 45, Tina Stone, 44, and Joshua Stone, 21, all of Clayton; another son, David Stone Jr., 19, of Adrian; Joshua Clough, 28, of Blissfield; Michael Meeks, 40, of Manchester; Kristopher Sickles, 27, of Sandusky, Ohio, Jacob Ward, 33, of Huron, Ohio; and Thomas Piatek, 46, of Whiting, Ind.

A federal indictment says the defendants, led by the elder David Stone, belonged to the Hutaree, a Christian militia that planned to attack local, state and federal law enforcement officers, among other officials.

All nine are charged with seditious conspiracy, attempting to use weapons of mass destruction and possession of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. David Stone and David Stone Jr. also are charged with teaching/demonstrating use of explosive materials.

The weapons of mass destruction charge, the most serious, carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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 Nice to see that a judge knows and upholds the law. Interesting that the person that was showing them how to make pipe bombs and to target cops was an FBI plant. Just another gov atempt to demonize Militias and Freedom loving people who don't trust them. TICK - TOCK not much time left on the clock.

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