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Prosecutors seek lighter sentence for Livingston County man convicted in Whitmer kidnap plot

Prosecutors say a Livingston County man convicted of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should have three years taken off of his prison sentence.

That request came Wednesday for 26-year-old Ty Garbin of Hartland Township, who was earlier sentenced to six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to kidnapping conspiracy as part of the plot.

Ty Garbin

On Tuesday, a jury convicted two of Garbin’s co-conspirators, Adam Fox and Barry Croft, following Garbin’s testimony for the prosecution. They face up to life in prison when they are sentenced in December.

Garbin is also expected to testify at the trials  of eight others facing similar charges in state courts.

In a court filing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler wrote that “Garbin provided significant assistance leading to the convictions of Fox and Croft. He remained forthright in admitting his part in the conspiracy, and did not minimize his culpability.”

In addition to Garbin, a fourth co-conspirator also entered a guilty plea and testified for the prosecution; Kaleb Franks of Waterford Township, who is awaiting his prison sentence.

Prosecutors also argued that Garbin remains in danger for his cooperation, notably from inmates sympathetic to Fox and Croft’s violent ideology.

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