Suspect in Gretchen Whitmer kidnap plot seeks prison release

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Federal prosecutors say he’s a “violent extremist” but the Delaware man charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor wants to be released from prison as he awaits court hearings.

Barry Croft Jr., 45, was described as the “ringleader” in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and releasing him would be “unreasonable,” prosecutors said, the News-Journal in Delaware reported.

Croft was arrested in October. He’s one of six members of an extremist paramilitary group hit with federal conspiracy charges last month for allegedly plotting to kidnap Whitmer.

Federal agents say Croft and his co-defendants plotted to kidnap Whitmer from her Michigan vacation home and put her on some sort of informal trial.

After Croft was arrested in October, he appeared in Delaware District Court and consented to his case being transferred to Michigan, where all of his co-defendants are charged.

But he hasn’t been able to appear in Michigan court because of prisoner transfer delays from the Philadelphia federal prison where he is jailed.

Croft’s attorney called it an “unreasonable delay.”

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