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Bonds reduced to $75K for 2 men charged in Whitmer kidnapping plot

Posted at 5:30 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 17:41:30-05

(WXYZ) — Two men charged in the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer had their bonds reduced during a court hearing Friday.

Paul Bellar and Joseph Morrison appeared in Jackson County’s 12th District Court for a bond reduction hearing.

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The judge lowered their bond to $75,000, with restrictions.

New information from court documents have been provided by undercover FBI agents involved in the investigation.

Peter Musico, who allegedly helped established the Wolverine Watchmen, talked to the FBI after his arrest.

Documents say that alleged ringleader Adam Fox wanted to recruit 200 men, take and kill hostages at the capitol building and show it all on television, saying nobody would make it out alive.

Another plan allegedly called for setting fire to the Capitol. Musico allegedly suggested going to politicians' homes instead.
This was discussed at Musico's bond hearing last month.

"There was no agreement and Mr. Musico said that is a fishbowl. It's not going to happen," said Kareem Johnson, Defense Attorney. "His plan was to get the addresses of various politicians and kidnap them."

A judge reduced Musico's bond from $1 million to $100,000. He is out of jail right now with restrictions.