2 acquitted, jury hung on 2 more in Whitmer kidnap plot

A jury acquitted two men of charges in a plot to kidnap the Michigan governor, and could not reach verdicts with two others.


National News

April 8, 2022 - 3:36 PM

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks at the General Motors Detroit- Hamtramck assembly plant in Detroit on January 27, 2020. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A jury on Friday acquitted two men of all charges in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer but couldn’t reach verdicts against the two alleged leaders, a stunning defeat for the government after a weekslong trial that centered on a remarkable FBI sting operation just before the 2020 election.

The results were announced a few hours after the jury said it was struggling to find unanimity on all 10 charges. The judge on the fifth day of deliberations told the panel to keep working, but jurors emerged again after lunch to say they still were deadlocked on some counts.

Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were found not guilty of conspiracy. In addition, Harris was acquitted of charges related to explosives and a gun.

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