Croft jr, 47, and adam fox, 39, were involved in a plot to kidnap michigan governor gretchen whitmer two years ago. in august, a jury determined that the two men were guilty of kidnapping conspiracy and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. ty garbin and kaleb franks were also involved in the plot and pleaded guilty to kidnapping conspiracy charges. joseph morrison, pete musico, and paul bellar were found guilty of gang membership, firearms violations and providing material to support terrorism in october.
Plot to kidnap ms whitmer occurred in 2020, when the covid-19 pandemic was just beginning. it took place in michigan, where the defendants targeted the governor because of stringent covid-19 restrictions she imposed early in the pandemic.
Defendants planned to kidnap the governor and spark a “second american revolution” to push the us into armed conflict ahead of the 2020 presidential race. the militia group’s kidnap plot was largely motivated by their opposition to public health measures during the early days of the covid-19 pandemic. although lawyers representing fox and croft suggested the pair had been incapable of mounting such a plot and argued the men had been entrapped by an undercover fbi operation, us district judge robert jonker found croft to be “more culpable” than fox. prosecutors had asked for life in prison for croft, and he was ultimately sentenced to more than 19 years in prison, while fox was sentenced to 16 years.