One of the two leaders of a US far-right militia that conspired to kidnap and kill Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years in prison, the Justice Department announced.
Adam Fox, 39, was convicted along with co-defendant Barry Croft, 47, in August of conspiring to plan to kidnap the Democratic governor and prepare to use weapons of mass destruction in the 2020 plot .
He and several others in the militia, including an FBI informant, planned the attack on Whitmer partly in response to his Covid-19 quarantine policies but also, they had said, to start a civil war .
The plot involved kidnapping Whitmer from his vacation home near Elk Rapids, Michigan, and using improvised bombs aimed at security officers to help them escape, according to the Justice Department.
Fox faced a possible life sentence, but received 16 years in prison.
Croft will be sentenced on Wednesday.
“Today’s sentencing reflects the Department of Justice’s unwavering commitment to protecting our elected officials, law enforcement officers and dedicated public servants against criminal threats and violence,” Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen said in a statement.
The sentence came 12 days after three others involved in the plot received sentences ranging from seven to 12 years for their part in a Michigan state court, where they had been charged with domestic terrorism.