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Two Former Ohio Militia Members Plead Guilty To Making Bomb

Aug 19, 2019

Randy Goodman (L) and Ryan King
Credit Butler County Sheriff's Office

Federal prosecutors say two former members of an Ohio militia group have pleaded guilty to charges related to bomb making. 

37-year-old Ryan King, of Franklin, and 53-year-old Randy Goodman, of Ripley, pleaded guilty  to conspiring to possess explosive devices. King's attorney declined to comment. Goodman's attorney, Jay Clark, says the defendants were "doomsday preppers" interested in protecting their property with no malicious intent. He called the explosive devices essentially "a big firecracker." Prosecutors say the men tested their "crater makers" in January at Goodman's home in southern Ohio and discussed what methods would be most lethal. Investigators say King and Goodman also talked about bomb making and ignition methods in detail. The two are former members of the Franklin-based United Sheepdogs of Ohio militia.