Two men are celebrating after a West Michigan jury acquitted them on charges of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Brandon Caserta and Daniel Harris were arrested in October and charged along with four others of conspiring to kidnap Whitmer over her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The jury ruled both men not guilty on the charge, as well as cleared Harris on three other related charges, including a conspiracy to use a “weapon of mass destruction” charge that carried a potential life sentence in prison.
“Best birthday gift ever,” Caserta, who was acquitted on his birthday, reportedly told the courtroom in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after the jury’s verdict was announced.
Harris’ father, Robert Harris, watched the month-long trial of his son from the public seating in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. “We are so elated!” he said upon hearing the verdict. “Unbelievable amount of people praying through this whole ordeal. God is so good!”
Jury deliberations ended in a mistrial for two other defendants involved in case, Adam Fox and Barry Croft, as the government failed to secure a single conviction.