Alleged Michigan Kidnapping Plot
Prosecutors accused Stephen Robeson of being a “double agent.” Now he’s threatening to plead the Fifth.
Prosecutors called a critical witness, a confidential informant who infiltrated the militant groups the defendants belonged to.
The Stakes Are High As The Michigan Kidnapping Trial Begins And The Government Is Leaving Nothing To Chance
The four defendants in the case claim entrapment and potentially face life in prison if convicted.
Three Michigan Kidnapping Suspects Said They Were Entrapped. A Judge Said They Have To Stand Trial Anyway.
The three defendants, members of the Wolverine Watchmen, are charged with providing material support to terrorism. Their trial is now set for September.
Kaleb Franks has agreed to plead guilty to kidnapping conspiracy and to testify that there was no FBI entrapment in the case.
Defense attorneys had worried that a gun possession charge might cause Stephen Robeson to plead the Fifth in the trial of the men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor.
Defendants won’t be able to ask Jayson Chambers about his security firm, Exeintel, and they can’t ask his partner, Henrik Impola, about perjury allegations.
The accused say they were entrapped, but a judge warned them that will be a high legal bar to clear.
The FBI Knew Exactly What Its “Double Agent” Was Doing, Says A Defendant In The Michigan Kidnapping Case
Prosecutors say the informant’s statements should be barred from court, but defense attorneys have other ideas.
The claim is the latest complication in a high-profile case that once seemed like a slam dunk.
Even while he was assisting the FBI, Stephen Robeson allegedly used a fake charity to defraud a Wisconsin couple out of an SUV.