Alleged leader of 2020 Gov. Whitmer kidnapping plot, Barry Croft, sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison

A supposed ringleader of the purported plot in 2020 to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) was just given a harsh sentence after being convicted earlier of his alleged crime.

Barry Croft Jr., a 47-year-old truck driver from Delaware, was sentenced this week to nearly 20 years in federal prison for his ostensible role in the plot to kidnap Whitmer ahead of the 2020 election, Breitbart reported.

Nearly 20 years for Croft

Prosecutors had sought a life sentence for Croft after he was convicted by a jury in August of participating in the purported conspiracy to kidnap and potentially even murder Gov. Whitmer, ostensibly in response to her heavy-handed and overly oppressive pandemic restrictions on Michiganders.

U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker, however, decided that Croft’s guilty conviction didn’t necessarily warrant a life sentence and instead ordered him to serve 235 months, or about 19 and a half years, behind bars.

During the trial, prosecutors had argued that Croft was the leader and driving force behind the plot against the Michigan governor, the separate attorneys for Croft and the other defendants in the case had argued that it was actually the FBI that fomented the conspiracy in which the several defendants were entrapped.

Not actually the leader, but charged as though he was

According to Fox News, the federal prosecutors in Croft’s trial seemingly acknowledged that he wasn’t actually in control of the supposed plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer but nonetheless still pressed the narrative that he was ultimately responsible for what had purportedly been planned.

“Although he may not have had hierarchical control over all the other participants, he coordinated and pushed the implementation of the conspiracy from its inception to its final stages,” U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler said of Croft in a court filing. “The only remaining step was for the governor to appear at her cottage, so they could launch their plan, but fortunately she was still beyond their control.”

“The abduction of the governor was only meant to be the beginning of Croft’s reign of terror,” the prosecutor added. “He called for riots, ‘torching’ government officials in their sleep and setting off a ‘domino’ effect of violence across the country.”

16 years for co-defendant Fox

That nearly 20-year sentence for Croft came just one day after another supposed ringleader of the alleged conspiracy, Adam Fox — who prosecutors also wanted to place behind bars for the rest of his life — had been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison by the same judge, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Fox’s attorney, Christopher Gibbons, had argued that his client wasn’t a “terrifying paramilitary leader” but rather was “an unemployed vacuum repairman who was venting his frustrations on social media” and got caught up as a follower in a criminal conspiracy hatched and perpetuated by agents of the federal government itself.

Unfortunately for him, Judge Jonker agreed with the prosecution’s assessment that Fox was a “willing and able operations leader” in a militia who had not been entrapped at all but had spearheaded the plot to go after the governor.

Whitmer plot was allegedly a “fednapping hoax”

These two men, Croft and Fox, will now spend more than a decade in prison for their alleged participation in what Julie Kelly of American Greatness has dubbed the “fednapping hoax” plot against Gov. Whitmer in the summer and fall of 2020.

That moniker stems from the fact that, as has been revealed in court, more than a dozen participants in the plot were FBI agents or well-compensated informants who, more so than the roughly half-dozen charged individuals, led the way in organizing and planning the supposed operation to kidnap the governor.

Those facts led to hung juries for Croft and Fox and acquittals for two others when initially tried in April, but Croft and Fox were retried and found guilty in August due in large part, according to Kelly, to overtly prejudicial and biased actions by the judge and jury in favor of the government, including praising the FBI for violating laws and their own protocols to try and make a case and by imposing arbitrary restrictions on the defense attorneys, among other things.

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