MISSOULA — A Kalispell man who is accused of leading a group that planned to assassinate Flathead County officials pleaded guilty Friday to federal firearms charges.

David Burgert, 39, admitted possessing a machine gun and being a felon in possession of a firearm under a plea agreement that requires him to continue cooperating with investigators and prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy set sentencing for Sept. 10. On each count, Burgert faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

But prosecutors, as part of the plea agreement, would recommend a reduced sentence if Burgert's cooperation provides "substantial assistance in the prosecution of other individuals."

U.S. Attorney Bill Mercer would not confirm whether any investigation was under way into the alleged assassination plot, or whether any additional arrests were expected. No mention of the alleged plot was made during Friday's court appearance, either.

However, George Doherty, an FBI spokesman in Salt Lake City, told The Associated Press that an investigation was ongoing.

Flathead County authorities last year said they had uncovered a plot showing that a group calling itself Project 7 had amassed an arsenal and was planning to kill judges, prosecutors and police.

They said they believed Burgert was the leader of Project 7, a name derived from Flathead County vehicle license plates, which begin with that number.

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