two far-right activists sentenced for trying to kidnap the governor of Michigan

A jury deliberated for eight hours before convicting Adam Fox and Barry Croft of criminal conspiracy to commit kidnapping and use a weapon of mass destruction – a bomb, according to local newspapers The Detroit News and Detroit Free. Press.

The two men, who face a life sentence, were part of a group of far-right activists arrested in October 2020. Two other suspects, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta, were acquitted in April. And two others pleaded guilty, testifying against their accomplices.

The fall of the government by civil war

In April, the jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict for Adam Fox and Barry Croft, presented as the ringleaders of the plot. They were therefore tried again in Grand Rapids, Michigan. According to prosecutors, they were part of the Boogaloo movement, which brings together both neo-Nazis and far-right anarchists, a movement that wants to overthrow the government with a civil war.

According to the indictment, they accused the governor of being “a bully” because of the Covid restrictions, and planned to remove her in order to subject her to a “trial”. They reportedly monitored the area around Gretchen Whitmer’s holiday home and took photos of a bridge they planned to blow up as a diversion during the kidnapping.

The defense accused FBI agents of tricking the defendants into infiltrating their group through informants, and masterminding the kidnapping scheme. Governor Gretchen Whitmer hailed a verdict “which proves that violence and threats have no place in politics, and that those who seek to divide us will be held to account.”

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