Airline mechanic plans to plead guilty in alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer

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Federal prosecutors are close to securing their first conviction in the alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Ty Garbin, a 25-year-old airline mechanic from Hartland Township, is expected to plead guilty next week as part of an undisclosed deal with prosecutors, The Detroit Free Press reports.

Garbin’s change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

Garbin is one of six men facing up to life in prison on a federal count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Eight others were charged with state crimes.

Garbin is accused of suggesting shooting up Whitmer’s vacation home and blowing up a nearby bridge to slow down the police response. He invited some of the other suspects to his property in Luther to test a homemade bomb and offered to paint his boat black to surveil Whitmer’s vacation home, prosecutors said.

A judge denied bond for Garbin and the other five men charged in federal court.

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