Aug 25, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Man sentenced to 6 years in prison over Michigan governor kidnap plot

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaking at a rally in Southfield in October 2020.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaking at a rally in Southfield in October 2020. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Ty Garbin, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges earlier this year in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday, according to AP.

Why it matters: It's the first prison sentence handed down in the case. Prosecutors are signaling to the other defendants awaiting trial that Garbin has shared many details about the plan while cooperating with investigators.

The FBI said last October it disrupted a plot to violently overthrow Michigan's government by kidnapping Whitmer.

  • At the time, she had been heavily criticized by right-wing groups for implementing strict restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were also charged in the conspiracy plot.
  • Garbin said in his plea agreement that he and the other men trained for the operation at his property near Luther, Michigan, and constructed a structure that resembles Whitmer’s vacation home in Antrim County, according to AP.

The big picture: After the plot was foiled, Whitmer said former President Trump was partly responsible for fomenting anger against her coronavirus restrictions and for not strongly denouncing far-right extremist groups.

  • Trump faced criticism for encouraging the protests and calling on Whitmer to "give a little," tweeting at one point: "LIBERATE MICHIGAN."
  • Another seven men associated with the militia group Wolverine Watchmen were charged by Michigan's attorney general for training with Garbin and the others for a plot to attack the state Capitol building.

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