Barry Croft, the 44-year-old Bear, Delaware native was arrested in Delaware and charged in a federal court in Michigan following the foiled attempt to kidnap Michigan Whitmer.
“The charges brought in Michigan are disturbing and everyone charged in this plot should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Carney spokesman Jonathan Starkey said. “This is also another warning sign about the growing threat of violence and radicalization in our politics.”
In 1997, Croft was charged with reckless endangering and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Croft pled guilty to the firearm charge in a plea deal.
Croft was incarcerated from December 1997 to November 2000.Although this was not his only time behind bars in Delaware or actively on community supervision.
Croft submitted an application to the Delaware Board of Pardons on Dec. 13, 2018.
The five-member board recommended Croft be pardoned with no objection from the Delaware Attorney General’s Office.
Mat Marshall, the Delaware Department of Justice spokesman said, “Needless to say, nobody — neither the DOJ nor the bipartisan Board of Pardons — would have endorsed a pardon had they known what the future held.”
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, a Democrat who chairs the Board of Pardons, said in a written statement, “such as the position of the Department of Justice, the nature of the incident(s), the time lapsed from the last conviction, and the impact on employment and housing.”
According to the charging document for the new federal charges that were filed this week, Adam Fox, in coordination with Croft, met with members of the militia group Wolverine Watchmen.
At various times in June 2020, Croft and a member of the militia group attempted to construct an improvised explosive device (“IED”), using black powder, balloons, a fuse, and BBs for shrapnel. Croft, another defendant and the militia group member attempted to make a second IED using similar components. Croft brought what he referred to as his “chemistry set,” which included components for an IED.
Together, Fox and Croft had planned to blow up a bridge as a diversion to draw first responders away from the vacation home of Governor Whitmer.
Croft awaits a court hearing on Tuesday that will decide if he’s being extradited to Michigan.