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Wisconsin man becomes 14th person charged in alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot

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Posted at 2:39 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 06:48:33-04

(WXYZ) — A Wisconsin man is the 8th person charged by the state and the 14th person charged overall for his alleged role in the kidnapping plot of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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Brian Higgins, 51, from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, was charged with material support of an act of terrorism, a 20-year felony.

According to the Attorney General's office, Higgins allegedly provided assistance in the plan to kidnap Whitmer.

Related: Full coverage of the governor kidnapping plot

“While the political rhetoric in our nation may at times be divisive, I am encouraged by the united front our law enforcement community has displayed in response to this indescribable act of terror,” Nessel said in a release. “These were very credible, and very serious threats to our elected officials and the public in general, and the swift actions taken by state and federal authorities this past week are nothing short of heroic.”

In all, there are 20 different state felonies charged against eight people. Six other people are facing federal charges.

Higgins was arrested in Wisconsin on Thursday and is expected to be extradited to Michigan and be arraigned in Antrim County. All but one of the six defendants charged last week have been arraigned and are in custody in Michigan jails. Paul Bellar is still facing extradition from South Carolina and is scheduled to be picked up on Oct. 27.

The others charged include:

Paul Bellar, 21, of Milford, was arrested in South Carolina. The attorney general’s office is working to extradite him to Michigan for arraignment on charges in Jackson County. He is charged with:

  • Providing material support for terrorist acts, a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine
  • Gang membership, a 20-year felony
  • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony
  • Felony firearm, a two-year mandatory prison sentence

Shawn Fix, 38, of Belleville was arraigned in Antrim County with bond set at $250,000. He is charged with:

  • Providing material support for terrorist acts, a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine
  • Gang membership, a 20-year felony
  • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony
  • Felony firearm, a two-year mandatory prison sentence

Eric Molitor, 36, of Cadillac, was arraigned in Antrim County with bond set at $250,000. He is charged with:

  • Providing material support for terrorist acts, a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine
  • Gang membership, a 20-year felony
  • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony
  • Felony firearm, a two-year mandatory prison sentence

Michael Null, 38, of Plainwell was arraigned in Antrim County with bond set at $250,000. He is charged with one count of:

  • Providing material support for terrorist acts, a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine
  • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony
  • Felony firearm, a two-year mandatory prison sentence

William Null, 38, of Shelbyville, was arraigned in Antrim County with bond set at $250,000. He is charged with one count of:

  • Providing material support for terrorist acts, a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine
  • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony
  • Felony firearm, a two-year mandatory prison sentence

Pete Musico, 42, of Munith was arraigned in Jackson County with a cash bond set at $10 million. He is charged with:

  • One count of threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine
  • One count of gang membership, a 20-year felony
  • One count of providing material support for terrorist acts
  • One count for carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony
  • Felony firearm, a two-year mandatory prison sentence

Joseph Morrison, 26, of Munith, was arraigned in Jackson County with a cash bond set at $10 million. He is charged with:

  • One count of threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine
  • One count of gang membership, a 20-year felony
  • One count of providing material support for terrorist acts
  • One count for carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony
  • Felony firearm, a two-year mandatory prison sentence