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Man to plead guilty in alleged plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer

machine gun on the ground with someone's feet standing next to it.
U.S. Attorney's Office
File photo from the case file brought against members of the plot against the governor.

One man has decided to plead “guilty” for his role in the alleged plot to kidnap the governor.

A total of 14 men have been charged for the alleged plot – eight in state court, six in federal.

Ty Garbin, a 25-year old from Livingston County, is charged in federal court. Prosecutors alleged he hosted the other men at his property in northern Michigan, and went along with surveillance of the governor’s vacation home.

His attorneys said he didn’t know about the surveillance mission, and was just in the car for the ride, and that he wasn’t serious about the plot.

Now, in a filing, Garbin’s attorneys say he will plead guilty to the charges.

The plea change could signal a deal with federal prosecutors for a lesser sentence. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Grand Rapids said the office had no comment at this time.

Garbin’s attorneys have not yet returned calls seeking comment.

Garbin is due back in court on Wednesday.

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Dustin Dwyer reports enterprise and long-form stories from Michigan Public’s West Michigan bureau. He was a fellow in the class of 2018 at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He’s been with Michigan Public since 2004, when he started as an intern in the newsroom.
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