The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia said that Frank Thomas of Cleveland, Georgia, and Dan Roberts of Toccoa, Georgia, entered their pleas in federal court on April 10, according to GSNMagazine.com.
Thomas, the suspected ringleader, was arrested on charges that the self-styled militia group planned to make the biotoxin ricin and use it to kill American citizens and government employees. Authorities arrested two other Toccoa men, both over the age of 65, in the alleged conspiracy.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said that Thomas and Roberts could face five years in prison if convicted of the weapons and explosives charges.
The case is being used in Washington as an example that potential terror threats are possible from groups other than radicalized Muslims. Roberts’ attorney said the plot was a fantasy concocted by a group of grumpy old men, GSNMagazine.com reports.
The four men were arrested after their group was infiltrated by a government informant who recorded their conversations about overthrowing the U.S. government by killing government officials and creating chaos throughout the country.
“Civilian government operatives is who we’re going to be shooting at: IRS, ATF, FBI, and the cops,” Thomas said, GSNMagazine.com reports.