A 25-year-old Michigan man was hit with a six-year prison sentence Wednesday for plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last year.
Ty Garbin, who admitted he was part of a scheme to kidnap Whitmer after he and a half-dozen others were arrested in October, was the first of six alleged conspirators charged in the case to plead guilty.
The crew of would-be kidnappers, who called themselves the “Wolverine Watchmen,” were busted before pulling off the plan to snatch Whitmer from her vacation home to protest her strict COVID-19 pandemic mandates.
The group was infiltrated by a crew of FBI informants, according to authorities.
Garbin, who copped a plea in January, is expected to testify against his alleged cohorts as a “star witness.”
“Ty Garbin testified in front of a grand jury in support of the indictment that got him indicted,” defense lawyer Mark Satawa said in court. “He is truly, generally and sincerely sorry.”
Whitmer, a Democrat, came under fire by right-wing groups after mandating strict social distancing and business restrictions in the midst of the deadly global virus.
She remained defiant in the wake of the botched kidnap plot.
“The plots and threats against me, no matter how disturbing, could not deter me from doing everything I could to save as many lives as possible by listening to medical and health experts,” she said in June.
“To me, it is very simple,” she said. “This had to be the priority.”
With Post wires