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Democrat Governor of Delaware Previously Pardoned Man Charged With Attempting To Kidnap Gov. Whitmer


Democrats strike again.

Delaware’s Democratic governor John Carney last year signed off on a pardon for Barry Gordon Croft Jr but regrets that decision now.

Croft was pardoned for the possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, assault, and burglary.

Just barely a year after his pardon though  Croft found himself in crime again and conspired to kidnap the governor of Michigan.

Democrats earlier in the week tried to blame Trump’s rhetoric for the kidnapping but avoided mentioning anything about Carney’s pardon.

ABC News covered the story see what they had to say:

The Delaware man charged in federal court with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has a long criminal history and was pardoned just last year by Delaware’s governor for crimes dating to 1994, according to state records.

Barry G. Croft Jr., 44, was taken into custody this week after being arrested by the FBI in Swedesboro, New Jersey. Croft made an initial appearance before a federal magistrate in Wilmington on Thursday.

Croft was being held Friday at a state prison in Wilmington. A hearing on his continued detention and removal to Michigan is scheduled for Tuesday.

Five other men, all from Michigan, were charged in the alleged scheme that involved months of planning and even rehearsals to snatch Whitmer from her vacation home.

Who saw this coming?

Probably everyone except Governor Carney.

FOX 29 News also followed the story:

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A Delaware man accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was pardoned by Governor John Carney last year.

Barry Croft, 44, spent nearly three years in prison after being convicted on Dec. 1, 1997, of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. That sentence followed a one-year stint that ended in March 1996.  

In April 2019, one week after Delaware revenue officials filed a state tax lien against Croft for more than $36,700, Democratic Gov. John Carney granted him a pardon for the 1997 gun charge and several other convictions from 1994 to 1996. The crimes involved included assault, burglary, theft and receiving stolen property.

Carney’s pardon came after a December 2018 Board of Pardons hearing at which the attorney general’s office did not object to Croft’s request for a pardon. The board’s recommendation for a pardon was based on the lack of opposition from the state “and the need for a pardon for employment purposes.”

Six men were charged in federal court with conspiring to kidnap the governor before the Nov. 3 elections in reaction to what they viewed as her “uncontrolled power,” according to a federal complaint. Separately, seven others linked to a paramilitary group called the Wolverine Watchmen were charged in state court for allegedly seeking to storm the Michigan Capitol and seek a “civil war.”


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