Wisconsin Man Pleads Guilty in Whitmer Kidnap Scheme

Brian Higgins said he attempted to provide material support for terrorism, an offense that carries a maximum prison term of five years.

The 54-year-old Higgins was among five men scheduled to face trial later this year in Antrim County, the northern Michigan location of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s vacation home.

Higgins admitted he drove past Whitmer’s property during a night ride that summer while others waited across a lake for his signal. He said he had a camera rigged to his pickup truck. Whitmer was not there at the time, nor was she physically harmed.

Undercover FBI agents embedded themselves inside the group where they recorded conversations and gathered evidence. They were not charged, but fourteen others were.

 The U.S. Justice Department secured convictions against four men in federal court, including leaders Barry Croft Jr. and Adam Fox; two others were acquitted. Three men were found guilty in Jackson County in October for aiding Fox and are serving prison sentences.

Katie Heid
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