- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ROME, Ga. (AP) - Officials in the FBI’s Atlanta field office say two men have pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction.

FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said in an emailed statement that Brian Cannon and Cory Williamson pleaded guilty Tuesday at a federal court in Rome. Their sentencing is set for Aug. 7.

FBI officials have said Williamson, Cannon and a third man participated in online chats about executing a militia operation against the government. Authorities say the chat was being monitored by federal agents.

Authorities say the men spoke with a confidential informant who offered them 12 pipe bombs and two grenades. The men were arrested after the informant gave them fake explosives.

According to court records, the third suspect is expected to appear in court Thursday.

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