Man To Plead Guilty in Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor, & More Facts You Need To Know

Kidnap Michigan Governor, & More Facts You Need To Know

According to a court document released Wednesday, one of six people accused of conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has pleaded guilty.

The filing was filed by prosecutors before Ty Garbin appeared in federal court at Grand Rapids.

The defense agreement signed by Garbin shows that it will “fully cooperate” with investigators. There is no agreement on punishment rules.

In October, the FBI said it broke down the plot to kidnap the Democratic governor by anti-government extremists who were upset over coronavirus restrictions. Six people were charged in federal court, while eight were charged in the state court for aiding the alleged plan. Garbin’s criminal claim would be a quick fix for prosecutors, just four months after the arrests.

His attorney, Mark Satawa, said last fall that Garbin had no intention of kidnapping a man, whatever he said in recorded or online conversations. The “big talk” defense emerged as a defensive strategy.

In October, Satawa said, saying things like “I hate the governor, the governor is cruel …”

Other defendants are Adam Fox, Barry Croft Jr., Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta. A hearing was scheduled for 23 March.