Charges added in 2020 plot to kidnap Michigan governor

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In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. The governor delivered remarks addressing Michiganders after the Michigan Attorney General, Michigan State Police, U.S. Department of Justice, and FBI announced state and federal charges against 13 members of two militia groups who were preparing to kidnap and possibly kill the governor. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted three of 14 people accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with an additional federal charge.

According to WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the men — Barry Croft, Jr., Adam Fox, and Daniel Harris — face the additional charge of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, which carries a penalty of up to life in prison.

The new charge is related to a discussion to blow up a bridge near Whitmer’s second home in northern Michigan to hinder police. The role of the bridge in the alleged plot was disclosed by authorities months ago.

The FBI said it broke up a plot to kidnap Whitmer by anti-government extremists upset over coronavirus restrictions she had imposed in Michigan. A separate group has been charged in state court with aiding them.

Croft and Harris also face additional felony firearms charges, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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