The legal jeopardy facing some of the suspects in the kidnap plot against Gov. Gretchwn Whitmer got heavier yesterday.
A federal grand jury has added weapons of mass destruction charges against three suspects accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in an alleged plan that involved blowing up a bridge to slow down the cops.
The new charges carry life sentences.
They were added Wednesday in what is known as a superseding — or new — indictment against the accused ringleader, Adam Fox, 40, of Wyoming, and two of his alleged cohorts: Barry Croft Jr., 45, of Bear, Delaware, and Daniel Joseph Harris, 23, of Lake Orion.
The plot was first revealed in October and multiple suspects were arrested. State police and the FBI said the group was planning to kidnap Whitmer, probably from her summer home in northern Michigan, and take her to another location for a "trial" and likely execution. Blowing up the nearby bridge was allegedly to create a diversion and allow the group to make its escape with her.
The conspirators were said to be upset with Whitmer's executive orders during the pandemic's early days and were targeting her to make an example to other governors.
Defense lawyers have contended that the plot was never serious, and that the group was indulging in fantasy, not a serious conspiracy.