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Man Who Plotted To Kidnap And Murder Gov. Whitmer To Serve Nearly 20 Years In Prison



Barry Croft Jr., who was one of two men who plotted to kidnap and assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker on Wednesday ordered that Croft serve a term of 235 months or just over 19-and-a-half years.

Jonker referred to Croft as the “idea guy” who was behind the entire plan against Whitmer.

Croft’s defense attorney, Joshua Blanchard, said he planned to appeal the sentence, which he felt was unnecessarily harsh.

“I object to the sentence as procedurally unreasonable…because the court refused to include full and complete information as I requested in my objections to the presentence report,” he told the judge.

Just one day earlier, Jonker sentenced Adam Fox, 39, to 16 years in prison.

Both men were found guilty in August by a federal court jury in Grand Rapids on conspiracy charges connected to a plot to kidnap Whitmer from her vacation home in northern Michigan.


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