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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Michigan
Mark A. Totten, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 6, 2022

Second Conspirator in Kidnapping Plot Who Cooperated Gets Four Years in Prison

Kaleb Franks Testified in Both Federal Trials

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan announced today that Kaleb Franks, one of four conspirators convicted of plotting to kidnap the Governor of Michigan, was sentenced to 48 months (4 years) in federal prison, to be followed by three years of court supervision. In addition, he is required to pay a fine of $2,500.

Franks pled guilty early this year and agreed to cooperate with the government. Though he faced up to life in prison, the Hon. Robert J. Jonker, District Judge, determined the ultimate sentence after evaluating Franks’ assistance to the government and the applicable federal Sentencing Guidelines, and considering the statutory sentencing factors, including the nature and circumstances of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; the seriousness of the offense; and the need to promote respect for the law, to provide just punishment, and protect the public from future crimes of the defendant.

Franks testified at both federal trials, which cumulatively resulted in the convictions of co-defendants Adam Fox and Barry Croft and the acquittals of Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta. Ty Garbin was the first to plead guilty and cooperate. Garbin initially received a sentence of 75 months (6¼ years) in prison, which the district court later reduced to a term of 30 months (2½ years) in prison after fully considering his cooperation at both trials. Fox and Croft await sentencing in December.

The FBI’s Detroit Field Office investigated the case with valuable assistance provided by the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, including Michigan State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan charged the case and conducted the trials, with valuable assistance provided by the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

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