When he is convicted on Tuesday in U.S. District Court, the convicted ringleader of a foiled attempt by members of right-wing militia organizations to abduct Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer might receive a life sentence. Adam Fox was charged and convicted in August in Grand Rapids, Michigan, by a federal court jury on one count each of conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in a plot, according to the prosecution, to start a “second American revolution.”
Barry Croft Jr., a co-defendant and another member of the Three Percenters militia organization, was due to be sentenced on Wednesday after being found guilty of the same counts in the same trial.
The maximum punishment for each of these men is life in jail.
Fox was allegedly the mastermind behind a conspiracy to steal into Whitmer’s vacation house, kidnap her under gunpoint, and take her to stand “trial” on false treason charges before being executed, according to the prosecution.
As a difficult presidential election in November 2020 drew near, the plot, according to the prosecutors, was sparked by the group’s hostility to public health measures Whitmer implemented during the early stages of the COVID pandemic.
The conspirators allegedly planned to use a bomb as a weapon of mass destruction to obstruct law enforcement’s response to the kidnapping.