A federal grand jury in the United States has accused six men of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. If convicted of kidnapping, they will be sentenced to life imprisonment.
According to NPR on the 17th, U.S. Michigan Attorney Andrew Birge said in a statement that a federal grand jury indicted six men suspected of kidnapping Whitmer. The indictment was submitted on the 16th.
If convicted, they can Can be sentenced to life imprisonment. The six suspects were arrested in October this year and have been detained ever since. Five of them pleaded not guilty on December 17, and one lawyer claimed that his client had not been charged.
The indictment mentions that between June 6 and October 7 this year, the suspects conspired to “illegally seize, kidnap, and demand ransom and remuneration”. Two of the men planned to kidnap the governor of Michigan at a resort and blow up a bridge to delay the action of law enforcement agencies.
There are more than a dozen suspects involved in the Whitmer kidnapping case. Eight of them have been prosecuted by Michigan in October this year. Some of them are related to the militia group Wolverine Guardians, whose members have met to discuss the kidnapping of the governor.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released information on October 8 that U.S. law enforcement officials frustrated a kidnapping attempt against Michigan Governor Whitmer.
FBI agents and Michigan police took action on the 7th to arrest six suspects who attempted to kidnap Whitmer, and also arrested seven people suspected of providing training for terrorist acts, including attempting to attack the Michigan State Capitol and kidnap state officials, including Whitmer.