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    Base members cased former Michigan jail as possible training area


    Members of a national white supremacist group assessed former abandoned Michigan jail facilities as potential training areas for paramilitary firearms training, according to Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. 

    Three members from The Base visited the vacant Michigan Department of Corrections Camp Tuscola annex and Tuscola Residential ReEntry Program in Caro on Oct. 3, 2020 and took state-issued clothing from one of the facilities, the statement said Wednesday.

    Both buildings are owned by the Michigan State Land Bank.

    Justen Watkins, the 26-year-old self-proclaimed leader of the Base who was arrested in October; 32-year-old Thomas Denton, 32; and 19-year-old Tristan Webb will face four felony charges in relation to their visit to the MDOC facilities. The charges  include  larceny in a building, gang membership, felony firearm and conspiracy to commit teaching use of firearms for a civil disorder, according to Nessel’s statement. 

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