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First guilty plea from Whitmer kidnap plot could come next week

January 21, 2021, 3:52 PM

A Hartland Township man is set to plead guilty next week in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, exposed last October. 

Ty Garbin (File photo)

The Detroit News reports:

Ty Garbin, 25, is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing Wednesday in front of U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids, according to a notice filed Thursday. Details about the plea hearing were unclear Thursday and the U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment about the expected guilty plea.

The development comes one week after Garbin was scheduled to stand trial alongside five others accused in the kidnapping plot and three months after the FBI said agents had thwarted a plot motivated by anger over state restrictions on travel and business during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Garbin is said to have "hosted training sessions" at his rural property near Luther, in West Michigan. He was also implicated as the member of the 14-man conspiracy to suggest “shooting up the governor’s vacation home,” according to the FBI. 

He is charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

Read more:  The Detroit News

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