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A Michigan judge on Monday ordered three men to be tried in a plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her coronavirus restrictions.

Jackson County District Court Judge Michael Klaeren ruled that there was sufficient evidence and forced Paul Bellar, Joe Morrison and Pete Musico to the circuit court to stand trial.

“The defendants are united here,” Klaeren said before announcing his ruling. “The prosecution did a good job of establishing who knew what and when.”

Klaeren heard the arguments on Monday after three previous days of testimony.

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Jackson County District Court Judge Michael Klaeren ruled that there was sufficient evidence and forced Paul Bellar, Joe Morrison and Pete Musico to the circuit court to stand trial.

“The defendants are united here,” Klaeren said before announcing his ruling. “The prosecution did a good job of establishing who knew what and when.”

Klaeren heard the arguments on Monday after three previous days of testimony.

The three men are charged with aiding six other defendants in federal court of conspiring to kidnap Whitmer. Five more people are also charged in state courts.

In October, the FBI said it broke a plot to kidnap Whitmer by anti-government extremists upset over its coronavirus restrictions.

 who are charged in federal court with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer.

The three men are charged with aiding six other defendants in federal court of conspiring to kidnap Whitmer. Five more people are also charged in state courts.

In October, the FBI said it broke a plot to kidnap Whitmer by anti-government extremists upset over its coronavirus restrictions.

Klareen said there was sufficient evidence for the trial on charges of providing material support for terrorist acts, gang membership and use of a firearm during a felony. Klaeren dismissed a terrorism threat charge against Musico and Morrison. Bellar did not face that charge.

The threat of terrorism, providing material support for terrorist acts, and charges of gang membership are 20-year felonies. Felony firearms charges carry a maximum prison sentence of two years.

They each live in Michigan. Morrison, 26, and Musico, 42, are from Munith. Bellar, 21, is from Milford.

“We must send a clear message that those who seek violence against our institutions of democracy and our elected representatives are not patriots, they are criminals,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. “My office is pleased to see this case progress and to have the opportunity to hold these men accountable for their actions.”

According to a court affidavit, Musico and Morrison are founding members of the Wolverine Watchmen, which authorities described as “a group of anti-government and anti-microbial militias.”

The Rangers have met periodically for firearms and tactical training in remote areas “to prepare for the ‘boogaloo,’ a term that refers to a violent uprising against the government or an impending civil war for political reasons,” said the State Police Det. Sergeant. Michael Fink wrote in an affidavit.

Klaeren said Monday that Bellar, Musico and Morrison “individually and collectively wanted to precipitate the violence associated with the ‘boogaloo.”

“From practically day one, it’s pretty clear that the Wolverine Watchmen numbers believed in ‘boogaloo,’ believed in civil war, believed it was coming,” the judge said.

Bellar’s attorney, Andrew Kirkpatrick, argued during Monday’s hearing that protests last year in cities across the United States against police brutality may have prompted Bellar to participate in training for a “possible civil war.”

“He got into this because 2020 has been like no other,” Kirkpatrick said. “People were worried. They were concerned about what might happen in their hometown. There was training. ”

About a dozen of the men facing federal and state charges were among the armed protesters who entered the Michigan Senate Gallery on April 30 following a larger protest outside the Capitol against Whitmer’s stay-at-home order.

Following the arrests related to the kidnapping plot, Whitmer said then-President Donald Trump’s rhetoric had been a “battle cry” for extremists.

He said the Republican president had spent months during the coronavirus pandemic “denying the science, ignoring his own health experts, stoking mistrust, fostering anger and giving comfort to those who spread fear, hatred and division.”

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