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Wolverine Watchmen brothers ordered to keep wearing GPS tethers

38-year-old brothers, Michael and William Null, were ordered to keep their GPS tethers by a downstate judge, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Wednesday.
Mugshots for 38-year-old brothers, Michael Null, left, and William Null.
Mugshots for 38-year-old brothers, Michael Null, left, and William Null.(WLUC/Michigan Attorney General)
Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 2:37 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Two men facing charges for an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will remain tethered as part of the conditions of bond set by the Court, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Wednesday.

Judge Michael Stepka of the 86th District Court in Grand Traverse County ruled that GPS tethers must remain in effect for Wolverine Watchmen defendants Michael and William Null.

“These men were allegedly part of a complex plot to kidnap and harm the governor. The severity of these crimes and the disregard the defendants display for our institutions of government, warrant close monitoring by the courts,” said Nessel.

The Null brothers are charged as follows:

  • 38-year-old Michael Null, of Plainwell:
    • Providing material support for terrorist acts – a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine; and
    • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony; felony firearm – a two-year mandatory prison sentence to be served consecutively.
  • 38-year-old William Null, of Shelbyville:
    • Providing material support for terrorist acts – a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine; and
    • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony; felony firearm – a two-year mandatory prison sentence to be served consecutively.

Judge Stepka indicated he would rescind the curfew and house arrest portion of the bond condition while maintaining GPS monitoring.

The AG’s office reminds the public that a criminal charge is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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