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Judge says reputed leader of militia to remain in jail

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A federal judge ordered the reputed leader of an alleged anti-government militia to remain jailed, saying he believed the man is a danger to the community and a flight risk.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Greene decided Monday that William J. Hudson should remain in the custody of federal marshals, but said he might allow Hudson out on bond later.

Hudson, 56, was arrested last Thursday on a charge of possessing an unregistered machine gun at his home in Birmingham. Federal authorities say he is the leader of the North Alabama-based Free Militia.

Five alleged members of the group have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Birmingham to various conspiracy and federal weapons charges.

Hudson was arrested after law enforcement officials searched his home and found two firearm silencers, two rifles altered for use with silencers, two machine guns and other items used in making grenades, according to court records.

His attorney, Brett Bloomston, told the judge in the bond hearing that Hudson is not violent and is prepared to fight the charge.

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