May 4, 2021
LANSING - The Wisconsin man charged for his alleged participation in a domestic terrorism plot that included storming the Michigan Capitol and kidnapping elected officials has been arraigned, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.
Brian Higgins, 51, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, was arraigned from the Antrim County Jail Tuesday afternoon before Magistrate Norene Kastys.
He's charged with providing material support of an act of terrorism, a 20-year felony.
Higgins was extradited from Wisconsin after withdrawing his extradition appeal.
It is alleged that Higgins provided assistance in the plan to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from her vacation home.
He's one of eight men to face state charges in the alleged plot.
Higgins' bond was set at $100,000, 10 percent and includes the following conditions:
"My office is pleased to see Mr. Higgins arraigned in Michigan," Nessel said. "Our focus remains on holding those who seek to do violence against elected officials-and therefore undermine our democracy-accountable."
A probable cause conference is set for May 12 at 1 p.m.
A preliminary exam - which will be in person and Higgins will be required to return to Michigan for once scheduled - was not set at arraignment.
Please note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Attorney General's office does not provide booking photos; however, one may be available upon request from the Antrim County Sheriff's Department.