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    From left to right, Paul Bellar, Pete Musico and Joseph Morrison await sentencing by Judge Thomas Wilson, in Jackson County Circuit Court, Michigan, on Thursday, December 15, 2022. ( J. Scott Park/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)

    From left to right, Paul Bellar, Pete Musico and Joseph Morrison await sentencing by Judge Thomas Wilson, in Jackson County Circuit Court, Michigan, on Thursday, December 15, 2022. ( J. Scott Park/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)

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    A judge on Thursday handed down the longest prison terms yet in connection with a plot to kidnap the Michigan governor, sentencing three men who formed an alliance with a leader of the scheme before the FBI broke it up. in 2020.

    Joe Morrison, Pete Musico and Paul Bellar were not accused of having a direct role in the conspiracy. But they were part of a paramilitary group that trained with Adam Fox, who single-handedly faces a possible life sentence on December 27 for his federal conviction.

    The three men were convicted in October of providing material support for the commission of a terrorist act, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and for two other offences.

    Musico was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison, followed by his son-in-law Morrison to 10 years and Bellar to seven. They will be eligible for his release after serving those terms, but any decision rests solely with the Michigan parole board.

    Speaking on recorded video, Governor Gretchen Whitmer urged Judge Thomas Wilson to “impose a sentence commensurate with the severity of the damage they have caused our democracy.”

    “A conspiracy to kidnap and kill a sitting governor of the state of Michigan is a threat to democracy itself,” Whitmer said, adding that she now scrutinizes the crowds for risk and trouble “about the fate of all who are close to me”.

    Wilson presided over the first batch of convictions in state court, following high-profile conspiracy convictions for four others in federal court. Fox and Barry Croft Jr. were described as leading an incredible plan to kidnap Whitmer from his vacation home, with the intention of inspiring an American civil war known as the “boogaloo.”

    Someone convicted of more than one crime in Michigan generally receives prison sentences that often serve at the same time. But Wilson took the unusual step of ordering consecutive sentences for Musico and Morrison, extending their minimum sentences. In addition to their convictions for supporting a terrorist act, the three men were also convicted of a firearms offense and gang membership.



    Source: El Nuevo Herald

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