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Judge sentences 'remorseful' would-be Whitmer kidnapper to prison

Ty Garbin mug shot
Kent County Sheriff

Ty Garbin, one of the 14 men accussed of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governer Gretchen Whitmer, will spend the next 6 years behind bars.

One of the men accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will spend over six years in prison after a federal judge Wednesday handed down the sentence.

25-year-old Ty Garbin of Hartland is one the 14 men involved in the plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer last year, put her on trial in a kangaroo court, and ultimately hang her for treason.

Prosecutors recommended that Garbin deserved 9 years in prison—an already lenient sentence—than the potential life behind bars penalty that kidnapping conspiracy charges could bring—

However, the defense argued that since Garbin is the only conspirator to plead guilty to the charges, since he has been instrumental in testifying against his fellow would-be kidnappers, and since he has displayed a genuine remorse for his role in the plot, Garbin deserved even less time in custody.

Chief Judge Robert James Jonker agreed Wednesday, sentencing Garbin to 75 months in prison.

Defense Lawyer Marc Satawa praised the decision immediately following the court proceedings.

“I think it is a sentence that really does reflect, s Ty’s true, sincere, uber acceptance of responsibility,” he said. “He truly, truly was sorry.”

Prosecutors from the United States District Attorney’s office of Western Michigan did not take questions following the proceedings.

Garbin is expected to be a star witness in the upcoming trials of his co-conspirators.

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