March 29th, 2010
10:29 AM ET

Militia group suspects charged with conspiracy

Nine suspected members of a militia group were charged Monday with seditious conspiracy and related charges, federal prosecutors said.

Six Michigan residents, two residents of Ohio and an Indiana resident were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit, Michigan, 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, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade and FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena announced.

Read the indictment (PDF)

The five-count indictment unsealed Monday charges that between August 2008 and the present, the defendants, acting as a Lenawee County, Michigan,  militia group called the Hutaree, conspired to oppose by force the authority of the U.S. government.

The suspects were identified as David Brian Stone, 45; his wife, Tina Stone, 44; his son, Joshua Matthew Stone, 21, of Clayton, Michigan; and another son, David Brian StoneJr., 19, of Adrian, Michigan; Joshua Clough, 28, of Blissfield, Michigan; Michael Meeks, 40, of Manchester, Michigan; Thomas Piatek, 46, of Whiting, Indiana; Kristopher Sickles, 27, of Sandusky, Ohio; and Jacob Ward, 33, of Huron, Ohio.

Eight of the nine defendants are in custody and seven of them will make their initial appearance before U.S.Magistrate Judge Donald A. Scheer on Monday morning, prosecutors said. Joshua Stone is a fugitive, according to prosecutors.

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  1. Freedom

    Domestic Terorist thats what we have here.....Remember the Oklahoma Federal Building? These people should be charged with Treason and put to Death.........If America would put its trash away we would not have to deal with Tea-Bagging Idiots or these morons..But I do undrstand GUILT AND FEAR BRINGS OUT THE TRUE PERSON WITHIN US so really these people are running scared.............

    March 30, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Toaster

    Well, I read the indictment. If we find to be true all of the accusations, they deserve to be arrested. I am all for arming yourself, and making prepartations for the purposes of defense. But these people were planning to kill law enforecment people just start a war. I am also for freedom of speech. There are ways to change what you don't like about this country that don't involve planned attacks. Has anyone ever heard a manifesto from these people? What is their beef? I am sure there must have been a reason for them to plan this, but I am not aware. If they wanted to start a revolution, what were they revolting against? Terrorists.... no. Planning to commit a crime... yes (If the indictment holds)

    March 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ed

    FYI, the definition of terrorism is using an act of violence to change political policy.

    the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain "goals that are political or religious..."

    These folks rise to the definition of terrorism for me. Ditto for the whack job that flew a plane into the IRS building.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. journey one

    No difference Ramadhani omondi, same crap, different pile.

    March 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jennifer

    I guess the founders of our country and the fighters of the revolutionary war were terrorists too! Our current government is out of control with bad personal and professional decisions among the senate and house members. I was not surprised at this article. The founders of our nation would be disgusted at the amount of control our government has over its people and the amount of taxes people have to pay as well as the ridiculous amount of spending on non-essential programs.

    March 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dingy

    Roughly five years ago "The U.S. Patriots" held a rally near Mendon, OH. It was no small operation. Everyone drove came-colored dated pick-up and vans. They had all the right war paintto make themselves appear mean. Today's news is not new.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ramon F Herrera

    Janet Napolitano was correct. She has been vindicated. The DHS report for which she got so much criticism by far conservatives was initiated by the Bush administration and by the Pentagon.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John L

    To the first poster - maybe the fact that they never actually did anything wrong, and are probably just being tried because they oppose the current marxist administration?

    Amazing how muslims never apologize for the actions of muslim terrorists, and try to create false equivalencies with other groups.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lando

    you got to be kidding right ? You think 20 guys are going to overthrow the goverment? is it against the law for guys to practice living in a hostel world where they may someday at least to there believes have to defend there self tell me what law they broke and ill show you the constition where it says they didnt

    March 30, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lando

    they didnt do anything wrong folks .oh the wacko who supposley flew the airplane into the irs building works for the goverment in the R/C predator plane as well as the new satlite controlled plane witness say he wasnt even in plane they had a fireman excerise accross the road when plane hit ? this time they actully had firetrucks on hand they usually dont do that smells rotten to me.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. brian purtell

    attempted use of weapons of mass destruction? teaching use of explosive materials? no crime was commited but we will try to use a figurative interpretation of the laws and see if popular opinion will override the laws. If the figurative versus literal interpretation of the laws dont work.....then we will create more vague laws so that we can pick and choose people and their innocense based on our own need to feel in control, in power, popular, patriot, or as retribution for our birthright or those of our ancestors. (i was born of a different ethnicity so i have a right and entitlement to create my own laws, and get special treatments..and handouts.)

    March 30, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Wow, we can actually find the real terrorists WITHOUT water boarding anyone. Hmmm.... are these threats to our society going to be sent to GITMO ? I doubt it. No matter how dangerous they are they are white christians, and everyone knows that means they will be handled better than those dirty brown muslims.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. jay

    Bet you these good "christian" folk are part of the tea bag movement! We should call these "militias" what they are-gangs. The only difference is that they don't sell dope on the corner, they just sell hate–very christian-like of course and are bent on overthrowing the government. Im sure Jesus would carry an assault rifle! If they hate America so much, why don't they just leave and go to Canada! Leave America to those who built and love this country and not those who want to destroy it!

    March 31, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. jay

    Uh Jennifer, when the so called founding fathers fought, they fought against a monarchy! The last time, I looked we live under a Democracy. Just because the teabaggers and the republicans lost this time around doesn't mean its time we use militias to take over the government–that sound third world? We got elections in this country. If you don't like your government then vote them out! The problem for people like you and the good christian militia folks is that you cant convince the majority of Americans that your idea of America is some place we all want to live.

    I agree with Freedom, these people are traitors and should be put to death!

    March 31, 2010 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. OtieNos

    A terrorist is still a terrorist,regardless of their religion, and as such the govt should join ranks and condemn this Uterine organization..... not wait until it kills someone of high profile

    March 31, 2010 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
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