Three of the men accused of plotting to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last fall are now additionally being charged for “knowingly conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction against persons or property,” according to a newly released indictment.
Six men, who were involved with self-proclaimed militias, were charged in December by a federal grand jury for a conspiracy to kidnap the governor. Attorney General Dana Nessel, Michigan’s two U.S. district attorneys, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and the director of the Michigan State Police released the details of the plot Oct. 8.
According to the latest indictment, two of the men, Adam Fox, of Wyoming and Barry Croft, of Bear, Del., scoped out a local bridge near Whitmer’s northern Michigan vacation home in September that they planned to “mount an explosive charge” underneath to stall police efforts.
Fox, along with two other extremists involved in the plot, Kaleb Franks,of Waterford, and Daniel Harris, of Lake Orion, drove to Ypsilanti on Oct. 7 to purchase $4,000 worth of explosives, but who they were actually purchasing from was an undercover FBI agent.
This week, Fox, Croft and Harris were charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, Croft and Harris were also charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and Harris was charged for possession of an unregistered short barrel rifle.