(DCWatchdog.com) – BREAKING NOW: The two men described by federal law enforcement authorities as the ringleaders in a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer were convicted today on all counts following a second trial necessitated by an earlier hung jury mistrial.
The two men, Adam Fox and Barry Croft, face life in prison when they are sentenced.
As The Detroit News reports from Michigan in, “Two ringleaders convicted on Whitmer kidnapping conspiracy charges“:
“A federal jury Tuesday convicted two men accused of orchestrating a plan to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as prosecutors salvaged the largest domestic terrorism case in a generation that has shed light on political extremism in Michigan.
“The convictions came four months after jurors deadlocked on charges against Potterville resident Adam Fox and Delaware truck driver Barry Croft and acquitted two others who were accused of being part of a broader group of people angered by pandemic restrictions and hoping to spark a second Civil War. Fox and Croft face up to life in federal prison.” [emphasis added]
The men alleged they were entrapped by the FBI and never intended to kidnap Whitmer.
Governor Whitmer issued a statement after the verdict was announced, saying in part:
“Today’s verdicts prove that violence and threats have no place in our politics and those who seek to divide us will be held accountable. They will not succeed.
“But we must also take a hard look at the status of our politics. Plots against public officials and threats to the FBI are a disturbing extension of radicalized domestic terrorism that festers in our nation, threatening the very foundation of our republic.”
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Breaking: A jury Tuesday convicted two men accused of orchestrating a plan to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as prosecutors salvaged the largest domestic terrorism case in a generation that has shed light on political extremism in Michigan https://t.co/MEBr2w2GKo via @detroitnews
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