Member convicted of conspiracy to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison


A Michigan federal judge sentenced a man convicted of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to nearly 20 years in prison on Wednesday.

Barry Croft Jr. was part of a plan to kidnap the Democratic governor from her summer residence in 2020 and practiced detonating explosives in preparation, prosecutors said.

Croft, who was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison, the longest sentence of those convicted, is the latest of the defendants in federal court to be convicted in connection with the conspiracy.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Croft to life in prison.

A jury convicted Croft and Adam Fox in August of conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

On Tuesday, Judge Robert Jonker sentenced Fox, believed to be a ringleader in the conspiracy with Croft, to 16 years in prison.

Croft was also convicted of one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device.

This story has been updated with additional information.


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