Barry Croft Jr. sentenced to 19+ years in Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot

One of the ringleaders of a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was sentenced to more than 19 years behind bars on Wednesday – a day after an accomplice was slapped with a 16-year sentence jail time, federal prosecutors said.

Barry Croft Jr., 47, was sentenced to 19½ years by Michigan federal judge Robert Jonker four months after his conviction for conspiring to kidnap the Democratic governor from his Elk Rapids vacation cabin in 2020 .

Croft, a Delaware trucker, was the fourth and final defendant in the plot to find out his fate.

The judge described him as “the idea man” behind the scheme, which was ultimately foiled by an FBI informant in the group.

Prosecutors had sought life sentences for Croft and co-defendant Adam PKB, who were both convicted in August of conspiracy.

Croft was also convicted of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and possession of a makeshift hand grenade for planning to blow up a bridge to help the plotters escape after capturing the governor. .

Barry Croft Jr. was sentenced to 19½ years for a conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Assistant US Attorney Nils Kessler told the court that Croft was “completely radicalized”.

“He didn’t change his perspective,” Kessler said.

PKB, 39, was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday, with the judge describing him as the “driving force urging their recruits to take up arms, kidnap the governor and kill those who stand in their way.”

The conspirators – part of a paramilitary group known as the Wolverine Watchmen – were enraged by Whitmer’s statewide COVID-19 restrictions as well as what they saw as threats to the legal possession of firearms.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The plot was foiled by an FBI informant, and Whitmer was not physically injured.
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Ty Garbin – who cooperated with prosecutors during the trial – received a reduced sentence of 2½ years for his involvement in the conspiracy, while Kaleb Franks was sentenced to four years behind bars.

Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were also charged in the scheme but were acquitted at trial in April.

With post wires

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