ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Fairbanks militia leader and two other members pleaded not-guilty to federal weapons charges in an Anchorage federal courtroom, Monday morning.
Militia leader Francis Schaeffer Cox, along with Coleman Barney and Lonnie Vernon were arraigned on multiple counts of possessing machine guns, illegal silencers and hand grenades.
The men had originally been charged in state court with plotting to kill Alaska State Troopers and court officials. Those charges were dropped after a judge ruled evidence had been gathered without a search warrant.
Cox is the main focus of the government indictment. He would smirk or smile during the hearing, Monday, when details of the alleged weapons conspiracy were mentioned.