Three far-right activists accused of plotting to kidnap the governor of Michigan were convicted of “domestic terrorism” on Wednesday.
They were fomenting a conspiracy. On Wednesday, Joseph Morrison, Paul Bellar and Pete Musico were convicted of “domestic terrorism” for attempting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The men, described as members of the far-right Wolverine Watchmen militia, face up to 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement.
Sentencing is scheduled for December 15.
Incite a civil war
Part of the plot to kidnap the governor was, according to Dana Nessel’s office, to incite civil war. This project had a national impact, just before the 2020 presidential election.
The arrest of these activists illustrated the growing threat posed by radical right-wing militias, which was then confirmed during the assault on the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021.