Whitmer kidnap plot: 2 men acquitted, hung jury for 2 more

The defense argued the men were tricked into the conspiracy by the FBI, while the FBI said evidence of the plot predates the sting.

Jurors have acquitted two defendants of all charges in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer but couldn’t agree on a verdict for two others. The verdicts were read Friday at the federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were acquitted. while jurors could not agree on verdicts for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. Croft is from Delaware and the others are from Michigan.

Defense attorneys portrayed their clients as weekend warriors, often stoned and prone to wild talk. They said FBI undercover agents and informants tricked the men into agreeing to a conspiracy.

Prosecutors entered evidence that the men discussed abducting Whitmer before the FBI sting began.

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