On Friday two of four men were acquitted in a conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020. The trial has lasted over 20 days as the public awaits the final decision on defendants Barry Croft, Adam Fox, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta who prosecutors claim was motivated to kidnap the Governor over her restrictive Covid-19 measures.
Fox News reports:
The jury’s verdicts against Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were read in the federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the case presided over by U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker. Jurors said they couldn’t agree on verdicts again Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. Prosecutors described Fox as a ringleader of an anti-government group.
Earlier in the day jurors said there are several counts on which the deliberative body is deadlocked on.
Fox, Croft and Harris faced additional charges. The two most serious charges, kidnapping conspiracy and conspiracy to use explosives, both carry potential life sentences.
Defense lawyers claim informants and undercover agents improperly influenced the men.
Federal prosecutors countered the argument with evidence that the men discussed abducting Whitmer before the FBI sting began and that they went beyond talk. They scouted Whitmer’s summer home and tested explosives, they said.
Last year, another man upset over state-ordered Covid restrictions was sentenced to six years in prison after admitting to involvement in the kidnapping plot.