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Man accused in plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer loses bail bid


One of the men accused in the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was rebuffed in his bid to be released on bail Friday.

Ty Garbin had been arrested for allegedly scheming with others to kidnap Whitmer from her upstate Michigan vacation home, including casing out her home at night with his cohorts over the weekend of Sept. 12 and 13.

Garbin — who the feds say is a member of a shadowy militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen — was one of 14 men arrested on state and federal charges for the failed plot, which also alternately called for them to allegedly storm the capital and kidnap officials, including the governor.

Defense lawyer Mark Satawa asked a judge to release Garbin on bond to his home with electronic monitoring and supervision from his parents — including his military veteran father.

Satawa described his client as an upstanding member of the community.

“He is not a crack pot. He had a job. He was an airline mechanic making $28 an hour. He owned property in the district,” Satawa said.

Prosecutors say the fact that Garbin participated in recon of the governor’s home, was active in group messages hatching the kidnapping and other violent schemes, had an arsenal of guns and participated in field training exercises all prove he’s a danger to the community and should remain in jail.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerAP

Satawa argued there is nothing inherently illegal or wrong with owning guns.

“So my client owns a lot of guns. I personally own 15,” Satawa said.

Federal Judge Sally Berens countered that prosecutors are worried about the guns even if they are legally owned because the alleged “purpose of the possession of those firearms was illegal.

“It was for the kidnapping of the governor or otherwise countering police interference with that plan,” she said.

“This is not theoretical danger. The fact that he was involved in casing the governor’s house at night indicates the seriousness with which he took this endeavor,” Berens said in denying Garbin’s request for home detention.

Co-defendant Adam Fox did not seek release from jail Friday.

Alleged conspirators Daniel Harris, Kaleb Franks and Brandon Caserta were also denied bond earlier this week.

A sixth man Brian Croft is also charged in the case and awaiting transfer from Delaware to Michigan.

Wisconsin man Brian Higgins was charged Thursday in the state case with material support of an act of terrorism.

With Post wires

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