Friday, a jury acquitted two of the men charged with plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
But the outcome of the trial was more complicated than that.
The jury found Brandon Caserta not guilty on kidnapping conspiracy charges and Daniel Harris not guilty on kidnapping conspiracy and weapons charges.
The jury could not reach a verdict on weapons and kidnapping conspiracy charges against Adam Fox and Barry Croft, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial for them.
Prosecutors argued the four men were planning to kidnap and possibly kill the governor over her response to the covid-19 pandemic, and had recordings of them doing so.
But the defense successfully argued the alleged plot was fantastical, unrealistic, and pushed on them by federal agents.
Daniel Harris smiled and embraced his attorney as his family gasped and cried as the verdict was read.
There was a similar reaction from Brandon Caserta and his family after nearly a full week of jury deliberation.
“We have the freedom to say that if I don’t like the governor and it’s rough talk I can do that in our country that’s what’s beautiful about this country,” said Mike Hills, attorney for Brandon Caserta.
Caserta’s attorney noting the verdict came on Caserta’s birthday and says Caserta plans to just enjoy freedom right now for the first time since October of 2020
“He’s just enjoying a walk down a sidewalk right now, it is his birthday, best birthday present imaginable very happy for Brandon. I don’t know was the prosecution is going to do with Fox and Croft. To me this was a signal a rouge FBI agent trying to line his pockets with his own cyber security company and then pushing the conspiracy that just never was,” said Hills.
Caserta joined Daniel Harris in walking after a not guilty verdict.
On the other side Adam Fox and Barry Croft face a mistrial after the jury couldn’t agree on a verdict.
“Adam is disappointed that he’s going to be detained a bit longer, but we’re ready for a second trial and will eventually get what we want out of this which is the truth and the justice I think Adam is entitled to,” said Chris Gibbins, the attorney for Adam Fox.
The U.S Attorney says Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. will face re-trial.