Law/Justice

2 men acquitted in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer; jury deadlocks on other 2

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A federal jury didn’t find four men suspected of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer guilty Friday.

Brandon Michael-Ray Caserta, 34, of Canton, and Daniel Harris, 24, of Lake Orion, were found not guilty of conspiring to kidnap, a potential life offense.

The jury was hung on conspiracy charges against Barry Croft Jr., 46, of Bear, Delaware, Adam Fox, 38, of Wyoming.

Harris and Caserta were additionally found not guilty on additional weapons charges and will be released from detention. Croft and Harris were charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device while Harris was charged with possession of an unregistered short-barrel firearm, both crimes punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office could retry Fox and Croft, who remain jailed, on their unresolved counts.

The partial verdict came after nearly four weeks of testimony and a full week of deliberations in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

Two others took plea deals and testified against the four remaining federal defendants. Eight others face state charges.

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