Crime

Man Who Tried To Assassinate Trump Sentenced To Prison

| by Lauren Briggs

A judge sentenced the man who attempted to assassinate President-elect Donald Trump at a Las Vegas campaign rally on June 18 to 12 months in prison.

Michael Steven Sandford, a 20-year-old British man with autism and severe depression, attempted to grab a police officer's gun at the summer rally, notes The Guardian. He did not fire any shots, nor did he successfully take the gun from the officer.

In September, Sandford pleaded guilty to charges of disrupting an official function and possessing a firearm as an illegal alien. If he had been convicted of all charges, he could have been sentenced to up to 20 years behind bars.

The Brit had a traveler's visa to visit the U.S., though it expired several months before the assassination attempt, reports KSNV. Sandford had lived in New Jersey for roughly a year before moving to California, where he lived out of his car.

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After he was arrested, he told officers he drove from California to Las Vegas to kill Trump, and that he visited a gun range to learn how to fire a gun. He also said he booked tickets for a second rally in Arizona, in case he was unsuccessful at the Las Vegas rally.

"I know saying sorry is not enough," Sandford told the court after entering his guilty plea, according to The Guardian. "I really do feel awful about what I did. I wish there was some way to make things better. I have cost taxpayers so much money. I feel terrible."

Judge James Mahan stated that Sandford has a "medical problem" and needs medication and treatment.

"You're not a hardened criminal," the judge told the defendant. "You're not evil or a sociopath like a lot of people we have. I don't think you wanted to kill anybody. This was just some crazy stunt that your mind told you to do."

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Sandford has been in custody since June, and the time he has served so far is expected to count toward his sentence. His mother has appealed to the court to allow her son to complete his sentence in the UK so he can begin psychiatric treatment.

Sources: The Guardian, KSNV / Photo Credit: Clyde Robinson/Flickr

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