JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) — Charges have been filed against three members of the Wolverine Watchmen, who are believed to be involved in a plot to storm the Michigan State Capitol and kidnap lawmakers.

“We must send a clear message that those who seek to commit violence against our institutions of democracy and our elected representatives are not patriots, they are criminals,” Nessel said. “My office is pleased to see this case move forward and to have the opportunity to hold these individuals accountable for their actions.”

Joseph Morrison, Paul Bellar and Pete Musica appeared in court for a hearing before Judge Thomas Wilson of the Fourth District Court of Jackson County.

Joseph Morrison of Munito is charged with the following:

  • Gang membership, a 20-year, consecutive felony
  • Providing material support for terrorist acts
  • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime; firearm – two years of mandatory imprisonment, to be served consecutively

Paul Bellard, of Milford, is charged with the following:

  • Providing material support for acts of terrorism, 20 years felony and/or $20,000 fine
  • Gang membership, a 20-year felony that may be served consecutively
  • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime; firearm – two years of mandatory imprisonment, to be served consecutively

Pete Musica of Munito is charged with the following:

  • Gang membership, a 20-year, consecutive felony
  • Providing material support for acts of terrorism, 20 years felony and/or $20,000 fine
  • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime; firearm – two years of mandatory imprisonment, to be served consecutively

The motions granted by Judge Thomas include:

Although some motions have been dismissed, there is a possibility that they will be heard later if there are problems in the legal process.

The trial of the three will begin on October 3.

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