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Men accused in Whitmer kidnap plot to face trial in March

Posted at 9:43 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 21:46:19-05

LANSING, Mich. — As Capitol cities across the country prepare for the possibility of violent protests this weekend, the case of six men accused of plotting an attack that never happened is moving forward.

In April, armed men angry over state restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic stormed into the Capitol building and intimidated senators.

In October, several of the men who participated in that protest were arrested, accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

On Friday Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker ordered six men to stand trial on March 23 on charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. The felony charge could mean facing up to a life sentence.

Five of the men are from Michigan: Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta

A sixth, Barry Croft, is from Delaware.

State Attorney General Dana Nessel noted that Michigan leaders receive thousands of threats.

“It is illegal to make death threats against anyone … it’s not a First Amendment right you’re entitled to in terms of threats against elected officials,” Nessel said.

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