Man pleads guilty in conspiracy to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

by Jenny Mount · Jan 27th, 2021 4:25 pm

Last Updated Jan 28th, 2021 at 12:21 pm

A man charged in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pleaded guilty to conspiracy on Wednesday

Ty Garbin, one of six men charged in the plot, admitted that the group came up with a scheme to take Whitmer while she was at her lakeside vacation home and destroy a bridge in an attempt to slow down police.

Garbin's testimony could help the government's case against the other group members. In the plea agreement, he said that he and the others trained with weapons and "discussed the plan to storm the Capitol and kidnap the governor." They also made trips to Whitmer's vacation home to study the area.

Defense attorney Mark Satawa said Garbin believed a guilty plea was the "right thing to do."

"This is about our client saying, ‘Look, I need to own up to what I did. It was wrong. I'm accepting responsibility. I'm sorry for having done it,'" said Satawa.


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