A man told how the imperfect crime was planned, for which he received a reduced sentence.
A man accused of conspiring to kidnap the governor of the U.S. state of Michigan pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy. Ty Garbin is one of 14 defendants in the scheme.
Garbin, 25, faced 25 years in prison, but prosecutors said they agreed to commute his sentence in exchange for his cooperation. This is likely to strengthen the government’s case against the other defendants.
In federal court in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Garbin admitted to training with weapons, discussing a plan to storm the state capital and infiltrating the second governor’s house, where the group decided to act. They also planned to blow up a bridge near the second house to slow down attempts to capture them.
Garbin said he “advocated waiting until after the the end of the national election, when the conspirators expected widespread civil unrest to make their job easier.”
The conspiracy was broken up by the FBI, and Garbin reportedly sent details of the plot to a government informant.
Last fall, Garbin’s lawyer, Mark Satawa, said his client never intended to be involved in the kidnapping and that it was all “big talk.”
“Saying something like, ‘I hate the governor, the governor is a tyrant’ … is not illegal, even if you’re holding a gun and running through the woods when you do it,” Satawa said in October.
The other federal defendants are Adam Fox, Barry Croft Jr., Caleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta.