Second mastermind of the plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan receives a 19-year sentence.

Gretchen Whitmer, the governor of Michigan, responds to questions from supporters during a rally in Washington Park on No.

A man who was one of the ringleaders in a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, according to the prosecution, received a sentence of more than 19 years in prison.

A plot to kidnap the Democratic governor two years ago resulted in Barry Croft Jr., 47, being found guilty in August.

One day prior, Adam Fox, a 39-year-old accomplice, was given a 16-year sentence. His prison term follows that of Fox.

Croft's life sentence had been sought by the prosecution.

Prosecutors claim that the reason the defendants chose to target Ms. Whitmer was because of the strict Covid-19 restrictions she put in place at the beginning of the pandemic.

According to US media reports, US District Judge Robert Jonker said when imposing the 235-month sentence on Wednesday that Croft was "more culpable" than Fox.

He claimed, "I believe he was the one who provided Mr. Fox with something to hold onto. .

The two men were found guilty of conspiring to commit kidnapping by a jury in August. As they allegedly planned to get a bomb to blow up a bridge to prevent a police response to the planned kidnapping, they were also found guilty of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

On a different explosives charge, Croft, a native of Bear, Delaware, was found guilty.

After an earlier mistrial in the year, it was both parties' second federal trial.

The right-wing militia organization Three Percenters included both men.

According to prosecutors, Fox and others planned to kidnap Ms. Whitmer from her vacation home at gunpoint and take her to stand "trial" on false treason charges.

The militia group's plan to abduct people was primarily driven by their opposition to public health initiatives during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prosecutors asserted that Fox, of Wyoming, Michigan, had hoped to incite a "second American revolution" and drag the US into war before the contentious presidential election in November 2020.

Lawyers for Fox and Croft suggested the duo had been unable to mount such a plot back in August.

They claimed that an undercover FBI operation had improperly induced the men into committing the crime or had set them up.

Both at the initial federal trial and during Fox and Croft's retrial, two participants in the plot who had previously pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping conspiracy gave testimony for the prosecution.

Ty Garbin received a two and a half year prison sentence, while Kaleb Franks received a four year sentence for being a witness.

Three additional men were found guilty in a state court in October of aiding the scheme to abduct Ms. Whitmer, who had just won a second term in office.

A jury also determined that Paul Bellar, 23, Joseph Morrison, 28, and his father-in-law Pete Musico, 44, were guilty of gang membership, using a firearm improperly, and supplying material support for terrorism.

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