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Jury convicts Adam Fox, Barry Croft Jr. in Whitmer kidnapping plot

Detroit Free Press logo Detroit Free Press 8/23/2022 Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press
This combo of images provided by the Kent County, Mich., Jail. shows Adam Fox (left) and Barry Croft Jr. © Provided by the Kent County Sheriff's Office This combo of images provided by the Kent County, Mich., Jail. shows Adam Fox (left) and Barry Croft Jr.

In a do-over for the government, a federal jury in Grand Rapids has convicted two men charged with plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer out of anger over her handling of the pandemic. 

Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. were judged by a second, more diverse jury than in the first trial, which ended with no convictions for the government. Two men were acquitted in that trial and the jury deadlocked on charges against Fox and Croft Jr., triggering a mistrial that prompted the government to try again.

The historic case highlighted the growth of violent extremism in America, with prosecutors maintaining that Fox, Croft and four other militia members plotted to kidnap the governor from her vacation home out of anger over her lockdown orders and mask mandates. 

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