One of six defendants charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last fall pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to a single count of kidnapping conspiracy and agreed to cooperate with investigators, reports NPR. Ty Garbin, 25, of Hartland, Mich., entered his plea before Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids, who scheduled sentencing for July 8. Prosecutors left open the possibility they will ask for no jail time or a reduced sentence, depending on Garbin’s ongoing cooperation with investigators.
The plea agreement lays out pages of vivid details from Garbin about the alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer, a Democrat who was harshly criticized by former President Donald Trump and Michigan Republican leaders for her efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Garbin conspired with Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta, who “were members of the Wolverine Watchmen, a Michigan-based self-styled ‘militia’ group.