Michigan Man Accepts Plea Deal After Planning Attack To Free COVID-19 Patients
A Michigan man who had a plan to steal a helicopter so he could attack a hospital to free its COVID-19 patients has accepted a plea deal in court for his crimes.
Michigan Man Planned To Attack Hospital
71-year-old Jesse T. McFadden is from Omer, Michigan. McFadden is a huge supporter of former President Donald Trump and alleged former member of the Michigan Militia.
McFadden drove to a U.S. Coast Guard station in Essexville to attempt to enter the gate and to steal either a helicopter or a boat. He was unable to enter the gate but threatened personnel he would ram the gate if he was not let in. When no one would let him through the gate he left.
Michigan State Police were called and located McFadden's Ford Bronco in a store parking lot where officers found the vehicle running and a .12-gauge shotgun under a leather jacket on the passenger seat.
McFadden was speaking to an officer then tried to escape. Several officers took him to the ground and arrested him.
Man Who Attempted to Steal Helicopter in Michigan Court
According to Mlive, McFadden pleaded no contest to one count of possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. He did not plead guilty out of concerns of civil liability. McFadden could receive two years in prison and a $2500 fine.
In exchange for McFadden's plea deal, he will not be tried for assault, resisting arrest, or obstructing police. He also won't be tried as a habitual offender.
McFadden was a military helicopter pilot who is now legally blind and would physically not be able to carry out the threats he made.
McFadden will receive his sentence on May 2, 2022.
Editorial On Man Who Plotted To Release COVID-19 Patients
It seems McFadden is getting off way too easy on threatening to steal a helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard, who made threats to U.S. Coast Guard officers, resisted arrest from the Michigan State Police by taking swings at officers, a shotgun is found in the passenger seat of his vehicle.
Even though McFadden may have not been able to carry out his plans, he still tried to and had the well-being to make the plans in the first place.
Just like the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capital building, if courts keep slapping these homeland terrorists on the wrist, this problem will only get worse and eventually will cost more lives.