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Michigan jury finds three guilty of supporting terrorist act in Whitmer kidnapping plot

The men were also convicted of a firearms crime and of being members of a gang.

Published: October 26, 2022 12:46pm

Updated: October 26, 2022 1:09pm

Three men accused of supporting the plan to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were found guilty Wednesday of providing "material support" for a terrorist act as part of a paramilitary group.

A Jackson, Michigan, jury also convicted Pete Musico, his son-in-law Joe Morrison and Paul Bellar of a firearms crime and being members of a gang, the Wolverine Watchmen, The Associated Press reported.

The men participated in gun drills in Jackson County with accused kidnapping ringleader Adam Fox. Defense attorneys argued the three men were no longer associated with Fox by the time the plot came to light in summer 2020.

Whitmer said the verdicts "are further proof that violence and threats have no place in our politics." The Democratic governor has not participated in the state or federal trials regarding her attempted kidnapping.

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