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Trial postponed for 5 in alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot

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A federal judge has postponed a trial for five men accused of plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer. (file photo)

A trial for five men accused of planning to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been postponed for seven months to give defense lawyers more time to receive and analyze evidence, a federal judge said Wednesday.

The March 23 trial has been moved to October 12 in federal court in Grand Rapids.

The FBI in October said it broke up a plot to kidnap Whitmer, a Democrat, by anti-government extremists upset over her coronavirus restrictions. Six people were charged in federal court while eight others were charged in state court with aiding them.

One of the six, Ty Garbin, pleaded guilty in January and said he would cooperate with prosecutors.

Garbin said he hosted training at his property near Luther, Michigan, constructing a “shoot house” to resemble Whitmer’s vacation home in Antrim County and “assaulting it with firearms."

The other defendants are Adam Fox, Barry Croft Jr., Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta.

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