Gov. Whitmer abduction plotter sentenced

 This image provided by the Kent County, Mich., Jail. shows Adam Fox.  A judge has been given two very different portrayals of Adam Fox. He faces a possible life sentence Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2022 for conspiring to abduct Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and blow up a bridge near her vacation home. Fox and Barry Croft Jr. were accused of being at the helm of a wild plot to whip up anti-government extremists just before the 2020 presidential election. (Kent County Jail via AP, File)
This image provided by the Kent County, Mich., Jail. shows Adam Fox. A judge has been given two very different portrayals of Adam Fox. He faces a possible life sentence Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2022 for conspiring to abduct Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and blow up a bridge near her vacation home. Fox and Barry Croft Jr. were accused of being at the helm of a wild plot to whip up anti-government extremists just before the 2020 presidential election. (Kent County Jail via AP, File)

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UPDATED 2:29 PM PT – Tuesday, December 27, 2022

A federal judge has sentenced Adam Fox for conspiring to abduct and kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in addition to the conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and planning to blow up bridges. These planned crimes were in response to the Democrat’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During an FBI sting operation that occurred in October 2020, the 39-year-old and four other males were detained for conspiring to kidnap Democratic Governor Whitmer (D-Mich.) from her vacation home. The party was allegedly on its way to pick up free military equipment and to make a down payment on explosives when FBI officers took them into custody.

According to the Michigan Attorney General’s office, Fox was the mastermind behind the plan. He was accompanied by Pete Musico, Joseph Morrison and Paul Bellar. The foursome was charged earlier this month for gang participation, support of a terrorist act and for carrying a firearm.

On December 15th, Musico received a minimum jail sentence of 12 years. Bellar was given a minimum sentence of seven years. Morrison received a minimum of ten years behind bars.

It was believed that there were additional people involved in the plot. On Wednesday, it is suspected that Barry Croft, a further conspirator, will be sentenced. Croft allegedly participated in the scheme with Fox and the others. According to the prosecution’s case, he practiced detonating explosives.

The prosecution pushed for a life sentence against Fox during Tuesday’s sentencing. They claimed that Fox was the “driving force, urging their recruits to take up arms, kidnap the governor and kill those who stood in their way.”

U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker said a life sentence would be “too much.”

“Something less than life gets the job done in this case,” Judge Jonker said

The judge added that 16 years in prison is something he had in his mind for a very long time.

The government has described this attempted crime as one of the biggest domestic terrorism cases in recent American history.

The targeted governor recently spoke out about how the failed murder plot has impacted her life.