I reference my numerous previous posts in threads !!New Militia Bust--
Alabama Free Militia!!, !!New Militia Guilty Pleas-- Alabama Free
Militia!!, and !!New Militia Sentencings-- Alabama Free Militia!!.
I am delighted to reproduce the following from today's Birmingham News
on the sentencing of Alabama Free Militia militiaman William Hudson to
two years in prison for manufacturing machine guns.
Val Walton, `Accused Alabama Free Militia Leader Sentenced to 22
Months,` Birmingham News [AL], 080403.
A man described as the leader of the Alabama Free Militia, a group whose
members stockpiled weapons, received a 22-month prison sentence Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre handed down the sentence to William J.
Hudson, 57, who pleaded guilty in October to a charge of making a
"A machine gun has very little use other than destruction," Bowdre said
before sentencing Hudson in Birmingham's federal court.
Hudson, described as the self-appointed colonel of the Free Militia
group, was arrested June 28 after law enforcement officials searched his
home on Division Avenue in Birmingham. Authorities found silencers, two
rifles altered to accept firearm silencers, two machine guns and items
used in grenade construction.
Hudson, who also has a home in South Carolina, was the sixth person to
plead guilty following an investigation through the federal Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that was initiated by the
state fire marshal's office and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
Hudson gave Bonnell Hughes, another militia member, the unassembled
Authorities arrested the militia members after raids in DeKalb, Etowah
and Marshall counties. Numerous weapons were found, including 130
grenades and 70 improvised explosive devices.
The militia members have said they had no plans to attack anyone, but
wanted to be ready in the event of another terrorist attack.
Hudson's attorney, Derek Drennan, told the judge that Hudson was not
associated with the group at the time of the April 26 raids. Hudson said
he accepted responsibility for what he described as his bad judgment.