Three Men Convicted of Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor

Three men were found guilty on Wednesday by a jury in Michigan of conspiring to abduct the state’s Democratic governor in 2020. This case resulted from a thorough domestic terrorism investigation.


The men on trial in state court — Paul Bellar, Joseph Morrison and Pete Musico — were accused of helping Adam Fox, who was convicted in federal court of conspiring to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whose Covid-19 restrictions the men considered tyrannical.

“Their gang was organized, their gang was mobilizing, and their gang was training for action,” Sunita Doddamani, an assistant attorney general in Michigan, told jurors during closing arguments.

The trial in circuit court in Jackson County, a conservative area west of Detroit, played out amid a tense election season in Michigan, a sharply divided state where elections are usually tight. Governor Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel, a fellow Democrat whose office prosecuted the case, are seeking re-election next month.