A federal grand jury has indicted six men on a charge of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a crime which upon conviction can bring a sentence of life in prison.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced that the indictment was handed down on Wednesday. The men were previously charged by criminal complaint at the time of their arrest in October.

Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks and Daniel Harris, all of Michigan, and Brandon Caserta of Delaware, allegedly began planning the kidnapping last summer, conducting surveillance of Whitmer's rural vacation home and practicing the use of firearms and explosives, according to the indictment.

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