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One suspect pleads guilty in Governor Whitmer kidnap plot

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – One of the 14 suspects charged in the alleged plot to kidnap governor Whitmer has pleaded guilty .

Ty Garbin is the first suspect convicted in the case. He’s pleaded guilty to conspiring to kidnap the governor. Garbin has agreed to work with authorities to provide information that could be used against the other suspects.

Prosecutors say Garbin was involved in every step of the foiled plot to kidnap the governor and overthrow the state government.

Garbin’s lawyer said it was time for his client to tell his truth.

“This is about our client saying ‘look, I need to own up to what I did, it was wrong, I’m accepting responsibility, I’m sorry for having done it,” said attorney Mark Satawa.

According to court documents additional charges discussed prior to the plea deal included conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and possession of unregistered weapons and destructive devices. Garbin’s sentencing is set for July.

The five other federal defendants are scheduled to go to trial in March.