Judge: Militia head held long enough
DETROIT — The leader of a southern Michigan militia once accused of plotting a violent rebellion against the government was given no additional time behind bars Wednesday for possessing illegal weapons after serving two years in jail awaiting trial.
Federal prosecutors wanted David Stone to spend at least nine more months in custody. But a defense attorney said even that punishment would be cut short with good behavior and instead disrupt Mr. Stone’s attempt to rebuild his life.
“I just ask for your mercy,” Mr. Stone told U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts.
The judge agreed, saying prison “would not make much sense.”
In March, Judge Roberts acquitted Mr. Stone and seven Hutaree militia members of conspiring to rebel against the government with a violent uprising that would target law enforcement. The judge found no evidence of a specific plan.
It was an embarrassing defeat for the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Detroit after months of investigation that involved secretly recorded video and audio, a paid informant, and an undercover agent.
Once the more serious charge was thrown out, Mr. Stone pleaded guilty to possession of a machine gun. He also admitted having an illegal short-barrel rifle.
No prison return for skater Kerrigan’s brother
WOBURN — A Massachusetts judge Wednesday denied a request by ice skater Nancy Kerrigan’s brother to return to prison to serve the last four months of an assault sentence rather than comply with the conditions of his probation.
Mark Kerrigan asked Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman to send him back to prison to serve the rest of his 21/2-year sentence for assault and battery in connection with the 2010 death of his father.
His attorney told Judge Tuttman the terms of his probation were too much of a financial burden and that he would rather go back to jail than deal with the onerous conditions.
Judge Tuttman denied the request.