Man sentenced over Michigan Governor kidnap plot

Man sentenced over Michigan Governor kidnap plot
Gretchen Whitmer faced backlash last year over Covid restrictions. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: A man named Ty Garbin (25) has been sentenced to more than 6 years in prison for plotting to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Governor, over the state’s coronavirus restrictions.

He was part of a group of more than a dozen men accused of involvement in the kidnapping plot.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced and also ordered to pay a $2,500 fine.

Last year, Michigan Governor introduced restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Many of the restrictions have been lifted.

The defendants considered storming the state Capitol in Lansing, however, according to New York Times, they then planned to kidnap Ms Whitmer from her holiday home last year.

Six members of the group have been charged in a federal court and Garbin is the only one to have pleaded guilty.

A further 7 members of the group face terrorism charges and gang-related offences in state court in connection with the Kidnapping plot.

Garbin signed a plea agreement, describing the plot of Governor Whitmer in detail. He said that 6 men trained at his house, constructing a “shoot house” to resemble Ms Whitmer’s holiday home and “assaulting it with firearms”..

Garbin’s lawyer said that his client had become frustrated with coronavirus restrictions after losing income in his job as an aviation mechanic.

Garbin apologised to Ms Whitmer on Wednesday for the “stress and fear” her family had felt.

Ms Whitmer said in a statement that threats against her continue.

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