AG Nessel Prevails in Tethers for Wolverine Watchmen

Contact: Kelly Rossman-McKinney 517-512-9342
Agency: Attorney General

April 14, 2021

LANSING - 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 today. 

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:

Michael Null, 38, 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. 

William Null, 38, 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. 

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Please note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.