Jurors in the federal case of three Alaska militia members have reached a verdict on 15 of the 16 counts.
Alaska Peacemakers Militia leader Schaeffer Cox, Lonnie Vernon and Coleman Barney were charged with conspiring to kill government officials and amass a cache of dangerous weapons.
Jurors took two days to deliberate after the month long trial.
Militia leader Schaeffer Cox was found guilty for most of the charges against him including conspiracy to commit murder.
Defendent Lonnie Vernon was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.
Jurors told the judge Monday they were deadlocked on count of murder-conspiracy against Coleman Barney.
The Anchorage Daily News reported on Twitter that defendant Schaeffer Cox yelled at the jurors following the reading.
Schaeffer Cox erupted after verdicts were read. “The prosecutors withheld evidence from you guys!” he said to the jurors.
— Anchorage Daily News (@adndotcom) June 18, 2012
Sentencing has been scheduled for Sept. 14.
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