LANSING, Mich. – A federal grand jury indicted six men in the domestic terrorist plot to kidnap or kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
The grand jury found there is enough evidence to put them on trial.
The indictment reads, in part:
Alleged ringleader Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta are facing federal charges.
Over summer, Caserta was stopped by police for not having up-to-date insurance. Court documents claim Caserta was enraged and told the group he could find and kill the officers that pulled him over.
Court documents said Caserta made a video message for the group in October as they were suspected of suvielling Whitmer’s summer home.
“If they encountered police during a reconnaissance, they should give the officers one opportunity to leave and kill them if they did not comply,” Caserta reportedly said in the video.
That day, federal officers moved in and arrested members of the group in Ypsilanti. Sources said the FBI believed its informant inside the group had been compromised and it was time to make arrests.
The group had allegedly stated they wanted to make their move on Whitmer before the Nov. 3 Election Day.
The indictment points to the lengths the Wolverine Watchmen went to carry out their plot including field training exercises with combat tactics including:
- Assaulting motor vehicles using assault rifles and live ammunition
- Attempting to detonate two improvised explosive devices
- Detonating an explosive device containing shrapnel near human silhouette targets hung by the conspirators to assess its effectiveness
Here’s a look at the full indictment filed Dec. 16, 2020:
Extradition delayed for Wisconsin man charged in kidnap plot
A Wisconsin man accused the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should be extradited to Michigan, but he will be given a chance to appeal first, a judge ruled.
Brian Higgins was allegedly part of a crew conducting surveillance of the governor’s vacation home for the kidnapping plot. He is charged with material support of an act of terrorism.
The Wisconsin Dells man, 52, is jailed in Columbia County until the appeal of his extradition is decided.
In October, Higgins became the 14th person in connection with the alleged domestic terror plot targeting Whitmer.