DETROIT (WWJ/AP)– A member of a Midwest militia accused of conspiring to rebel against the government and use weapons of mass destruction has pleaded guilty to a firearm charge, the first plea in the case, the government said Monday.

Joshua Clough, 29, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Detroit. A message seeking comment was left Monday for the Lenawee County man’s lawyer.

During a series of raids in late March, authorities arrested Clough and eight other alleged members of a southern Michigan group called Hutaree, based in Lenawee County Federal prosecutors claim Hutaree members were scheming to kill a police officer, then attack law enforcement who attended the funeral, in the first steps toward a broader rebellion.

The remaining eight defendants are scheduled to stand trial beginning Feb. 7 before U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts.

As part of his plea, Clough acknowledged he was a member of Hutaree and in February of last year participated in a training session that “focused on an upcoming covert reconnaissance exercise,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement. She said Clough “used and carried a firearm” during the training session. He faces a mandatory five years in federal prison.

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