The leader of a militia that rounded up migrants at gunpoint along the US-Mexico border has pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge. Larry Hopkins, who leads the United Constitutional Patriots, or UCP, faces up to 10 years in prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a plea agreement. The agreement, which must be approved later by a federal judge, brings the prosecution of Hopkins a step closer to resolution less than a year after videos surfaced showing militia members detaining migrants at the border. The footage prompted a broad outcry, bringing intense scrutiny to UCP and other vigilante groups that took it upon themselves to scour the border for undocumented immigrants. (…) The charge against Hopkins was not directly connected to UCP’s activities at the border but stemmed from the discovery of weapons in his residence in Flora Vista, New Mexico, in fall 2017. In court papers, FBI agents said they visited his home after receiving a tip about “militia extremist activity”. They also said they received information that Hopkins had “allegedly made the statement that the United Constitutional Patriots were training to assassinate George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama”.

via independent: Far-right militia leader who rounded up immigrants faces 10 years in prison after admitting gun charge