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Brian Higgins extradited, arraigned in connection to alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot

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Posted at 5:30 PM, May 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-04 17:31:47-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Wisconsin man charged with participating in the alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot has been arraigned, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday.

Brian Higgins, 51, of Wisconsin Dells, was arraigned from the Antrim County Jail on Tuesday afternoon before Magistrate Norene Kastys.

He’s charged with providing material support of an act of terrorism, a 20-year felony.

Higgins was extradited from Wisconsin after withdrawing his extradition appeal.

He’s one of eight men facing state charges in the alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer from her vacation home.

Higgins’ bond was set at $100,000, 10% and includes the following conditions:

  • Will be placed on GPS tether prior to release;
  • Must be seen by pre-trial services prior to release;
  • No contact with Whitmer or her family;
  • Must stay at least 500 yards away from the workplace and all residences of the governor and her family;
  • Must not be in possession of any weapons;
  • Must not have any contact with militia or militia members; and
  • Must surrender his passport to the court.

“My office is pleased to see Mr. Higgins arraigned in Michigan,” Nessel said. “Our focus remains on holding those who seek to do violence against elected officials – and therefore undermine our democracy – accountable.”

A probable cause conference is set for May 12 at 1 p.m.

A preliminary exam – which will be in person and Higgins will be required to return to Michigan for once scheduled – was not set at arraignment.

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