Fox and barry croft jr were involved in a plot to kidnap michigan governor gretchen whitmer in 2020. the us district court judge richard jonker sentenced fox to 16 years in prison in grand rapids on tuesday after fox was found guilty earlier this year of conspiring to kidnap the governor due to his opposition to covid rules she imposed early in the pandemic. fox was also sentenced for planning to use a weapon of mass destruction to blow up a bridge after the kidnapping.
Plot to kidnap ms whitmer occurred in 2020 and the sentencing happened in grand rapids on tuesday. three other men were convicted of supporting the plot to kidnap ms whitmer in october, with joseph morrison, pete musico and paul bellar being found guilty of gang membership, firearms violations and providing material to support terrorism. croft is due to be sentenced on wednesday.
And croft argued that they had been entrapped by an undercover fbi operation, however prosecutors stated that the militia group’s plot to kidnap ms whitmer was motivated in part by their opposition to public health measures during the early days of the covid-19 pandemic. fox’s intention had been to spark a “second american revolution” and push the us into armed conflict before the november 2020 presidential election. fox was additionally convicted of a separate explosives charge, however lawyers representing fox and croft had suggested that the two were incapable of mounting such a plot.