Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. were convicted of kidnapping conspiracy in 2022. The two were also found guilty of conspiring to obtain a weapon of mass destruction such as a bomb to destroy a bridge near the governor's vacation home.
William and Michael Null as well as Eric Molitor were found not guilty of providing support for a terrorist act and a weapons charge, according to WLNS 6.
The three were accused of supporting the plan's leaders by participating in military-style drills, as well as traveling to see Whitmer’s northern Michigan vacation home.
According to MSNBC, two of the three testified that they took part in these drills but did not know of the plan until the end.
Adam Fox, the co-leader of the plot, was sentenced to 16 years in prison in December of 2022. Government prosecutors had pushed for a life sentence, but the judge said this was "not necessary" to achieve the purposes of providing punishment and deterrence to commit further acts.
Fox and Croft Jr. were convicted in a second trial after a Grand Rapids jury could not reach a unanimous verdict during the first.
William Null testified that he and his brother walked away when talks turned to obtaining explosives. Molitor said Fox was "incredibly dumb" and wouldn’t pull off a kidnapping.
Two others were previously acquitted of charges.
One of the men acquitted, Brandon Caserta, was found to be an anti-Trump anarchist who called the former president a "tyrant" and government employees "your enemy."
"Trump is not your friend, dude,” Caserta said in a vlog with an anarchist flag backdrop. “It amazes me that people actually believe that when he’s shown over and over and over again that he’s a tyrant. Every single person that works for government is your enemy, dude."
Michael Hills, an attorney for Caserta, claimed during the 2021 trial that the FBI told an informant to lie to the people in the group he had infiltrated.
Hills wrote, "These text messages indicate the FBI was pushing their paid agent to actively recruit people into an overt act in furtherance of a conspiracy."
The transcript submitted by Hills read: "Counsel has found further text messages between [FBI special agent] Impola and Dan indicating Dan should destroy his text messages and instruct[ing] Dan to lie and accuse an innocent 3rd party of being a federal agent spy to the founder of Wolverine Watchmen."
Then the response from "Dan": "Copy. Best thing to do is deny and accuse somebody else like Trent."
"The FBI is instructing a paid FBI informant to lie and paint an innocent citizen as an undercover federal agent to a man they claim is the head of a domestic terrorist organization, who they claim is paranoid about being infiltrated by the feds, who they claim has bragged about tossing a Molotov cocktail into a police officer’s house," Hills continued.
At least one of the FBI informants involved in the case was paid $54,000 by the agency directly.
Amid the retrial of Fox and Croft Jr, Tucker Carlson called out the FBI for allegedly orchestrating the plan by attempting to radicalize the defendants, enticing them with money, drugs, and women.
"In early 2020, a 35-year-old Army veteran called Dan Chappel, nicknamed 'Big Dan,' was working as a contractor for the US Postal Service, he drove delivery trucks," began Carlson, describing one of the defendants.
"He was scrolling Facebook one night, and Chapel says he found a pro-Second Amendment group called 'Wolverine Watchmen,' he says he just happened upon it. Chappel testified that he was concerned by the group's criticism of law enforcement. So, he went to a police officer friend of his and asked for advice. None of the messages within the group violated any law, but somehow within a week Chappel wound up connected to the FBI, to several FBI agents, including a special agent called Jayson Chambers."
"Now, we learned through testimony in the trial this week, why Chambers was interested in the case," Carlson said. "It turns out that Chambers, in violation of FBI policy, was running a side hustle. He just incorporated a security firm called Exeintel. He saw his work on the Whitmer case as a way to promote his own business. We know that, because throughout 2020, someone affiliated with his business, their Twitter account, repeatedly tweeted nonpublic information about the kidnapping case that Dan Chapel was building for the FBI."This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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