Court Grants Motions For Alleged State Capitol Storming Plot

Three alleged members of the Wolverine Watchmen accused of being a part of a plot to storm the State Capitol building and kidnap elected officials, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer, were back in court for a motion Wednesday, according to Attorney General Dana Nessel.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Fourth Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wilson granted the following motions filed by the Attorney General’s Office:

Some motions were denied with the possibility of being addressed at a later time, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Joseph Morrison, Paul Bellar and Pete Musico were all charged with the following:

  • Gang membership, which is a 20-year felony that may be served as a consecutive sentence.
  • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony; felony fire arm, which is a two-year mandatory prison sentence that must be served consecutively.
  • Providing material support for terrorist acts, which is a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine.

“We must send a clear message that those who seek to do violence against our institutions of democracy and our elected representatives are not patriots, they are criminals,” said Nessel. “My office is pleased to see this case move forward and to have the opportunity to hold these men accountable for their actions.”

Antrim County defendants Brian Higgins, Michael Null, William Null, Eric Molitor and Shawn Fix are expected to appear for a preliminary examination in Traverse City on August 29-September 1.

The trial for Morrison, Bellar and Musico will begin October 3.