Prosecutors failed to prove that four men conspired to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) ahead of the 2020 election.
A West Michigan jury reached a split verdict on Friday in the cases of Brandon Caserta, Barry Croft, Adam Fox, and Daniel Harris, all of whom were charged with allegedly conspiring to kidnap Whitmer and faced a potential life sentence in prison if convicted. The jury found Caserta and Harris not guilty of the conspiracy charge, and both men were allowed to walk free.
The jury could not reach a verdict on Croft’s or Fox’s conspiracy charges.
The decision is a major blow to prosecutors who arrested and charged six men in the alleged plot. Two men, Ty Garbin and Kaleb Franks, pleaded guilty to the charge and testified against the defendants during trial.
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