WMD charges added against men accused of plotting to kidnap MI governor

Adam Fox on Wednesday was indicted on additional charges Wednesday connected to his alleged plot to kidnap the Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

New charges have been added in the kidnapping plot against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

45, of Bear, Delaware; and Daniel Joseph Harris, 23, of Lake Orion, Michigan, were charged with knowingly conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction against persons or property, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Adam Fox, Barry Croft and Daniel Harris are accused of intending to use devices to destroy a nearby bridge to harm the governor and responding law enforcement officers.

Fox, Croft and Harris were charged in December along with Brandon Caserta, Kaleb Franks and Ty Garbin by a grand jury of conspiring between June 6 and October 7 of a year ago to kidnap Whitmer, take her hostage and try her for treason over restrictions she put in place to stymie the coronavirus pandemic.

On Sept. 12, Fox and Croft, also a so-called Three Percenter, inspected the underside of the highway bridge for a place to mount explosives followed the next day by the pair with Harris detonating an improvised explosive device containing shrapnel near targets in the shape of humans as part of field training, the prosecutors said.

The indictment also said that on September 12, 2020, Fox and Croft stopped to inspect the underside of a highway bridge for a place to mount an explosive charge. Harris is additionally charged with possessing a short-barreled assault rifle.

The 24-year-old Garbin, of Hartland Township, previously entered a guilty plea to a federal kidnapping conspiracy charge in the case and is expected to testify against his co-conspirators. Garbin faces up to life in prison for his conviction and awaits sentencing. Each of the men faces up to life in prison if convicted of the top count.

Eight other defendants accused of taking part in the kidnapping plot are charged in MI state court with domestic terrorism.

The new charges arise from an ongoing investigation conducted by the FBI, with valuable assistance provided by the National Security Division's Counterterrorism Section, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, including the Michigan State Police.



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