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Wolverine Watchmen Member Pleads Guilty to Weapons Charges

LANSING - A member of the Wolverine Watchmen facing weapons charges not connected to an alleged plot against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has pleaded guilty, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today. 

In March, Maxwell Wyckoff, 22, was arraigned on the following:  

one count of converting a semiautomatic weapon to an automatic weapon, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine, and mandatory forfeiture of the weapon or device; and 

one count of possessing a muffler or silencer device, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison or a $2,500 fine, and mandatory forfeiture of the weapon or device. 

Tuesday afternoon, Wyckoff pleaded guilty before Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Jeffery Matis to both counts against him.  

The plea includes the assurance that Wyckoff will cooperate with the Department's ongoing investigation into the Wolverine Watchmen and the eight members involved in the alleged plot to kidnap the governor.

It is not alleged that Wyckoff was involved in supporting the alleged plot. Rather, his charges stem from a search warrant conducted on Wyckoff's Clarkston home as part of the ongoing investigation into members of the group. 

"The charges Mr. Wyckoff faces are serious and I appreciate my team's work on reaching this plea agreement," Nessel said. "We will not hesitate to prosecute any individual who commits weapons related offenses." 

As part of the plea agreement, the Department preliminarily consented to sentencing under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act. If accepted by the court, Wyckoff will serve probation and have the opportunity to have the conviction expunged upon its successful completion. 

A sentencing date has been set for June 29 at 10:30 a.m. in front of Judge Matis. 


Please note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Attorney General's office does not provide booking photos; however, one may be available upon request via email from the Michigan State Police