6 men prosecuted for plotting to kidnap Governor Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan – An investigative jury accused six men of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in an apparent plot by anti-government extremists angry at the official’s policies against the coronavirus.

The charges filed Thursday by US attorney Andrew Birge accuse Adam Dean Fox, Barry Gordon Croft Jr., Ty Gerard Garbin, Kaleb James Franks, Daniel Joseph Harris and Brandon Michael-Ray Caserta of conspiracy. They are all from Michigan, except for Croft, who lives in Delaware.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, Birge said in a statement.

All six were arrested in early October following an FBI investigation into an alleged plot to kidnap the Democratic governor from her vacation home in northern Michigan.

The lawyers said their clients “just talked too much” and had no intention of carrying out the alleged plan.

The indictment reiterates allegations made at an October hearing, where Officer Richard Trask testified that the men were involved in paramilitary groups.

Fox and Croft attended a June meeting in Dublin, Ohio, where the possible kidnapping of governors and other actions were discussed, the charges said. During the hearing, Trask said that Virginia Democratic government, Ralph Northam, was one of the potential targets.