In North Dakota, a man will be serving a year of supervised release for stealing a forklift with the intention of using it to “flip” US President Donald Trump’s limousine as he made his way to the Mandan refinery.
42-year-old Gregory Lee Leingang pleaded guilty to the charge of “attempt to enter restricted property while using a forklift.”
President Trump gave his speech on 6 September 2017 at the Andeavor Mandan Refinery. Leingang was arrested by Mandan Police officers for stealing a forklift and trespassing. Reportedly, the forklift had gotten stuck in a gated area and Leingang had fled and left it behind.
He later confessed to detectives that his plan was to get to the presidential limo and “flip” it. US Assistant State Attorney Brandi Sasses Russell reported Leingang’s confession at the plea hearing which happened in November. Russell stated that Leingang also had the intention of injuring and killing the president.
However, Leingang’s public defender Michelle Monteiro stated that her client was going through “a serious psychiatric crisis” when the incident occurred. Leingang was reportedly diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and bipolar disorder. However, his medication intake had been on and off since Leingang was 12.
Leingang was sentenced by US District Judge Daniel Hovland to time served and a year of supervised release. Leingang also has a history of previous offenses and is serving time at the North Dakota State Penitentiary. His previous offenses include setting two fires at the maintenance shop of the Bismarck Municipal Ballpark and the state parole and probation office.
Reports state that he will be released in 2038, serving five years for stealing the forklift, another five years for burglary, and ten years for setting the fires.
This isn’t the first assassination attempt on the president. Back in June 2016 when Trump was still a presidential candidate, police arrested Michael Steven Sanford after he reportedly tried to grab a police officer’s gun.