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Hartland man’s sentence for role in Whitmer kidnapping plot reduced

A Livingston County man who pleaded guilty for his role in the 2020 plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer had had his prison sentence more than cut in half.

26-year-old Ty Garbin of Hartland Township had originally been sentenced to serve 75 months in prison. But on Friday, U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker reduced Garbin’s sentence to 30 months.

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“Based on the government’s representations of substantial assistance provided to them by defendant; the Court’s independent assessment of the value of the assistance; the defendant’s response; and all other pertinent factors … defendant’s sentence is hereby reduced from 75 months to 30 months,” wrote Jonker in his order.

Garbin, who testified in two federal trials against his fellow conspirators, the first of which ended in not guilty verdicts against two codefendants and a mistrial for two others, was the first to plead guilty for his role in the plot.

A second trial ended in August with guilty verdicts against Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr., who are appealing.

Another codefendant, Kaleb Franks, also testified for the prosecution after pleading guilty in February. He is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 6.

Meanwhile, eight others are facing state charges for their roles in the plot.

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