Adam Fox shouldn’t get a life sentence for Whitmer’s kidnapping plot: lawyer

A leader of the failed plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 should not receive a life sentence, according to his attorney.

In a sentencing memorandum filed for Adam Fox late Friday, attorney Christopher Gibbons argued the government used “exaggerated language to create the false narrative of a horrific paramilitary leader.”

Gibbons alleges the government used “histrionic descriptions” of Fox, including the comparison to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, who killed 168 people, that do not represent “his actual intentions or actual capabilities.”

“Adam Fox was an unemployed vacuum cleaner who vented his frustrations on social media but obeyed Michigan state law,” he said.

The filing in federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan, comes four days after federal prosecutors said a life sentence behind bars was warranted because Fox was trying to “kindle the fire of a second revolution,” according to federal court records.

Adam Fox
Adam Fox was sentenced in August and will be sentenced on December 27th.
Kent County Jail

Fox and several other men plotted to kidnap Whitmer at her vacation home in 2020 in response to anger fueled by COVID-19 restrictions, federal prosecutors said.

The men were arrested after four of them tried to buy $4,000 worth of explosives from an undercover FBI agent.

Fox was convicted in August alongside Barry Croft, the other leader of the conspiracy, on kidnapping conspiracy and conspiracy to obtain a weapon of mass destruction.

Gretchen Whitmer
Gretchen Whitmer has been Governor of Michigan since 2019.
Carlos Osorio/AP

Two other men charged in the scheme were acquitted in April, while two others pleaded guilty to involvement in the kidnapping conspiracy.

US District Judge Robert Jonker will sentence Fox on December 27, while Croft will be sentenced on December 28.

With postal wires. Adam Fox shouldn’t get a life sentence for Whitmer’s kidnapping plot: lawyer


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