13 charged in plan to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer -- Here’s what we know

Feds say the group wanted to hold Whitmer as hostage, overthrown government

A closer look at militia training camp in Jackson County in Gov. Whitmer kidnapping plot

LANSING, Mich. – Thirteen people have been accused of participating in a scheme to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow the Michigan government.

Charges were announced on Thursday at a press conference held by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and other agencies.

READ: 13 charged in militia plan to kidnap Gov. Whitmer as hostage, overthrow Michigan government, feds say

Deep dive into the details of a scheme to kidnap Gov. Whitmer

Click the link above for a deep dive into the details of the scheme to kidnap Whitmer from her vacation home. The article includes quotes from undercover audio recordings, code words and much more.

Militia members charged in alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Who is being charged?

Six men were charged in federal court. Seven other men, ones accused of trying to target police and the state Capitol, were charged in state court.

The six men charged in federal court were arrested Wednesday night and face up to life in prison if convicted. A criminal complaint identified the six men as Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta, all of Michigan, and Barry Croft of Delaware.

Suspects in Gov. Whitmer kidnapping plot: What we've learned about their backgrounds

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Charges were later announced against the seven other men: Paul Bellar, Shawn Fix, Eric Molitor, Michael Null, William Null, Pete Musico and Joseph Morrison.

Those seven men are facing 19 state felony charges. They are known to be members of the Wolverine Watchmen militia group, or associated with the group.

Paul Bellar, 21, of Milford, was charged with providing material support for terrorist acts, gang membership and a felony firearm violation.

Shawn Fix, 38, of Belleville; Eric Molitor, 36, of Cadillac; Michael Null, 38, of Plainwell; and William Null, 38, of Shelbyville, were each charged with providing material support for terrorist acts and a felony firearm violation.

Pete Musico, 42, and Joseph Morrison, 26, who live together in Munith, were each charged with threat of terrorism, gang membership, providing material support for terrorist acts and a felony firearm violation.

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Search warrants executed

Search warrants and arrest warrants were executed in several locations within Michigan. Those locations include Belleville, Cadillac, Canton, Charlotte, Clarkston, Grand Rapids, Luther, Munith, Orion Township, Ovid, Portage, Shelby Township and Waterford Township.

Jackson County home was alleged ‘training ground’

Through confidential informants and undercover agents, the FBI gained access to audio recordings, ground messages and secret meetings as the group plotted for months, according to court records

In addition to a Wednesday night raid in Hartland, FBI agents also raided the home of two of the suspects in Jackson County. Authorities said the Munith home served as a training facility for members of the group.

Home in Jackson County was alleged 'training ground' for kidnapping plot
Jackson County home allegedly was 'training ground' for Gov. Whitmer kidnapping plot

Residents share photos of FBI raids

Residents captured photos of FBI raids in Hartland, Waterford, Milford, Sterling Heights and from multiple other homes in Orion Township.

Federal officials said they picked up the alarming chatter over social media. They saw people discussing taking violent action against multiple state governments that they believed were violating the constitution.

Those involved are accused of holding meetings and recruiting members at a 2nd Amendment rally that was held at the Michigan Capitol.

Michigan lawmakers react to alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer

News of the plot has stunned the Legislature. It has been a tense 2020 in Lansing, with serious disagreements over the Governor’s Executive Orders. The orders were halted last week by the Michigan Supreme Court. Hear from lawmakers in the video below.

Michigan lawmakers react to alleged militia plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer
Michigan lawmakers reaction to alleged kidnapping plot against Gov. Whitmer

WATCH: Michigan Gov. Whitmer to address foiled militia plot to kidnap her

Whitmer spoke on Thursday about the case and the danger it posed to herself and her family. She also made a connection between the plot to kidnap her and the words spoken recently by President Donald Trump when asked about white supremacists in last week’s debate

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reacts to kidnapping plot

WATCH: Michigan AG, FBI discuss foiled militia plan to kidnap Gov. Whitmer

Click here to view the mugshots for 10 of 13 people charged after FBI uncovered plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer

These are 10 of the 13 people who were charged after the FBI uncovered a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. TOP (left to right): Daniel Harris, Brandon Caserta, Adam Fox, Kaleb Franks, Ty Garbin. BOTTOM (left to right): Pete Musico, Eric Molitor, William Null, Michael Null, Joseph Morrison. (WDIV)

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