Mich. militia head, son plead guilty to gun charge

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DETROIT (AP) -- A Michigan militia leader and his son have pleaded guilty to a machine gun charge, two days after a federal judge dismissed more serious charges against them and five members of the group.

Hutaree leader David Stone and Joshua Stone pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing a machine gun in a deal with federal prosecutors in Detroit. The pleas end a six-week trial that began with seven militia members charged with conspiring to go to war against the government and to use weapons of mass destruction.

A federal judge dismissed those charges Tuesday, saying the government's failure to present evidence of a plan doomed their case. Weapons violations were all that were left against the elder and younger Stone, both from Lenawee County, Mich.

They've been in custody for two years.