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Whitmer kidnap evidence shows accused plotters shooting, threatening, Tasing

By Robert Snell, The Detroit News on

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DETROIT - Photos and videos released by federal prosecutors Friday showed members of an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer firing weapons, threatening to kill law-enforcement officers and testing an 800,000-volt Taser that was supposed to be used to subdue Michigan's highest-ranking politician.

The videos and photos are evidence that helped convince a federal magistrate judge to order five of the accused plotters to stand trial following an FBI investigation that revealed a broader plot to kidnap the governor and spark a civil war. In all, 14 people have been charged with crimes in state and federal court, including members and associates of an obscure militia, the Wolverine Watchmen.

The evidence released Friday shows accused plotters training at remote camps and surveilling Whitmer's vacation home in northern Michigan.

Prosecutors said one photo shows accused ringleader Adam Fox, 37, of Potterville, making a hand-drawn map of the lake near Whitmer's vacation home and listing the mileage of the nearest police departments and the estimated response times.

Besides Fox, also known as "Alpha F - You," the members ordered to stand trial on a conspiracy to commit kidnapping charge that is punishable by up to life in federal prison are:

Ty Garbin, 25, of Hartland Township, known as "Gunney"


Kaleb Franks, 26, known as "Red Hot"

Daniel Harris, 23, known as "Beaker"

Brandon Caserta, 32, known as "Debased Tyrant"

They are being held without bond.


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