Accused in Failed Kidnapping of Governor Charged With Conspiracy


Federal prosecutors on Wednesday filed a new charge of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction against three of the six men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov.

A grand jury in the Western District of MI court added new charges against the 40-year-old Fox and 45-year-old Croft, along with another defendant, 23-year-old Daniel Harris.

On Sept. 12, Fox and Croft, also a so-called Three Percenter, inspected the underside of the highway bridge for a place to mount explosives followed the next day by the pair with Harris detonating an improvised explosive device containing shrapnel near targets in the shape of humans as part of field training, the prosecutors said.

Fox, Croft and Harris along with Brandon Caserta, Ty Garbin and Kaleb Franks were arrested and charged in October with conspiring to grab Whitmer, a Democrat, from her vacation home in Antrim County, a rural area in northern MI.

Adam Fox, Barry Croft Jr., and Daniel Harris are charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in relation to the discussion of blowing up a bridge to delay police response.

Three Whitmer Kidnap Plotters Face New Charges
WMD charges added against men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan governor

They were arrested after four of them met with an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to buy $4,000 in explosives for the outrageous scheme.

Croft and Harris were also hit with a new count of possessing a destructive device.

Defendants Kaleb Franks and Brandon Caserta dodged additional raps while Ty Garbin, 25, entered a guilty plea in December and agreed to cooperate with authorities. Garbin faces up to life in prison for his conviction and awaits sentencing.

Prosecutors said the men, who face up to life in prison if convicted, were part of a plot by a right-wing militia extremist group known as the Wolverine Watchmen to abduct the Democratic governor in retribution for public health orders she imposed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Gretchen Whitmer last fall.

Seven other men implicated in the kidnapping plot are charged in state court.

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