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Former militia member apologizes for plot to kidnap Michigan's Gov. Whitmer, vows to "deradicalize"

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27.08.2021

A Michigan militia member was sentenced to more than six years in prison on Wednesday after admitting to participating in a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over COVID restrictions.

Ty Garbin, a 25-year-old airplane mechanic, was sentenced to 75 months in prison and a $2,500 fine after pleading guilty to taking part in the plot. His sentence was well below federal sentencing guidelines that called for more than 17 years in prison after prosecutors said he provided a "wide-ranging insider's view of the conspiracy," according to NBC News.

Garbin, who said he joined the Wolverine Watchmen, an anti-government militia, over frustration with pandemic business restrictions imposed by Whitmer, is the only one of six defendants facing federal charges in the plot to plead guilty. His attorney told the court that he would be a "star witness" in the prosecutors' case against the other alleged conspirators, who will face a federal trial in October. Eight others face state charges in the alleged plot.

"I don't think that that cooperation can be understated in a case like this," defense attorney Gary Springstead told the court. "He is going to be a star witness" and "by all accounts has been truthful, honest, and totally cooperative with the government."

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