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WATCH: Two men in alleged kidnapping plot appear in court

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Posted at 10:45 AM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 14:53:28-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. (WXMI/AP) — Pete Musico and Joseph Morrison, two men accused in the alleged attempt to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and spark a civil war, appeared today in 12th District Court in Jackson County.

Kareem Johnson, a defense attorney for Musico, says his alleged role was overstated by prosecutors.

She says Musico was kicked out of the group, because he was too “soft” and wouldn’t commit to violence. "The actual allegations against Mr. Musico don’t involve him participating or planning to participate in any violent conduct," says Johnson.

The prosecutor claims Musico was "unhappy" with the plan outlined by Adam Fox due to its "dangerous" nature. "[Musico's] plan," he says, "was to find the addresses of various politicians and kidnap them."

Judge Michael Klaeren today reduced Musico’s bond to $100,000, clearing the way for his release from jail.

Morrison's bond hearing will take place Nov. 2, according to the court.

Authorities allege members of two anti-government paramilitary groups plotted to kidnap Whitmer.

Six men are charged in federal court, and eight more are charged in state court.

Watch the hearing