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Sentence in Whitmer Plot

The co-ringleader of a pandemic-era plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) was sentenced to 16 years in prison yesterday, the longest term doled out to those convicted in the scheme thus far. Prosecutors had sought a life sentence for 39-year-old Adam Fox, who was found guilty on conspiracy charges in August.

Angered over what they perceived as onerous COVID-19 restrictions, Fox led the development of plans to kidnap Whitmer with the intention of trying her for treason in an undisclosed location. The plot reportedly went as far as carrying out training exercises, purchasing some weapons and equipment, and surveilling Whitmer's vacation home. See a timeline here.

The broader legal case against the group has faced a number of issues, including accusations that undercover agents unduly influenced the group into acting on their plans. Fox's co-conspirator, Barry Croft Jr., will be sentenced today.

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