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    Garbin gets six years in prison for Whitmer kidnapping role


    Grand Rapids — A Hartland Township man was sentenced to six years in prisonWednesday for his role in the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last year after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.

    Ty Gerard Garbin, 25is the first of those accused in the high-profile conspiracy to be sentenced.

    Four Michigan residents — Adam Fox, of Potterville, Daniel Joseph Harris of Lake Orion, Kaleb Franks of Waterford Township and Brandon Caserta, of Canton Township — plus Delaware resident Barry Croft Jr.,also have been charged in federal court in connection with the alleged kidnapping plot and will go to trial later this year. They argue they were victims of entrapment by federal agents.

    Garbin pleaded guilty in January to his part in the conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer during the height of state-mandated coronavirus shutdowns last year. He is the only defendant to plead guilty, and both prosecutors and Garbin’s attorney acknowledged Garbin would serve as a “star witness” if the others accused in the conspiracy go to trial.

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