Militia leader asks for no prison for gun crime

Nine Hutatree members were arrested in March of 2010 for conspiring to launch war against the United States.

David Stone will be sentenced Aug. 8 in Detroit federal court, more than four months after a judge threw out major charges against him and his allies during a high-profile trial. He pleaded guilty to all that was left, possessing a machine gun.

In a court filing Thursday, Stone's attorney says the Lenawee County man continues to be "unfairly demonized" by the government, despite the judge's decision. He and others in the Hutaree were cleared of plotting to commit rebellion against law enforcement.

Attorney William Swor says Stone now is a "beggar" who relies on his wife's family. Prosecutors will respond with their own filing.