A 20-year-old British man has been sentenced to a year and a day in jail after pleading guilty to attempting to kill President-elect Donald Trump.
Michael Sandford has been convicted of trying to grab a gun and kill Mr Trump, who will officially take office in the New Year. He had already pleaded guilty, at an earlier hearing, to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and of disrupting an official function.
Sandford grabbed a gun belonging to a policeman during a rally in Las Vegas in a bid to shoot the then presidential candidate. He could have faced a maximum jail term of 10 years. However, the court has been told that he could be eligible for release from jail in four months, after which he will be deported back to Britain.
Year long plot
He was unable to come up with any reason why he would have wanted to shoot Mr Trump, but Sandford, who was living in America illegally having overstayed his visa, said he had driven from California to Nevada with the specific aim of shooting the Republican. He had been planning his attack for a year and had even gone to a gun range the day before he tried to launch his assault so that he could learn how to shoot.
His mother said he was very remorseful, which his defence lawyers said that Sandford is autistic and suffers from seizures and obsession-compulsion anxiety. The young man smiled at his family as he entered court in his orange prison clothes, with his ankles shackled.
He became tearful as he said sorry for what he had done, saying that he felt terrible about his actions. After hearing from his mother, Lynne, who said her son was “cherished and adored,” the judge told Sandford that he did not think he acted with malice in his heart.