Top row from left: Adam Fox, Daniel Harris, Kaleb Franks, Ty Garbin and Eric Molitor.
Second row from left: Pete Musico, Joseph Morrison, Brandon Caserta, William Null and Michael Null
Third row from left: Shawn Fix, Paul Bellar and Barry Croft
All face charges related to what the FBI says was a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

DETROIT – Though presumed innocent until proven guilty, six defendants charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are likely to remain locked up pending the outcomes of their cases, legal experts say.

The charges are just too serious, they argue. And with the men facing potential life sentences, legal experts say, the suspects can’t be trusted not to flee – or worse, become violent.

“Courts will consider a number of factors, but in this case, the nature of the charges, the weight of the evidence and the potential life sentences seem to make this a very strong case for detention,” former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said on the eve of detention hearings for six suspects facing federal charges.

Five suspects in the attempted kidnapping case are scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday morning in Grand Rapids, where Magistrate Judge Sally Berens will decide whether to grant them bond or keep them jailed pending trial. A sixth defendant who was arrested on the East Coast has a similar hearing in Delaware at 2:45 p.m.

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