On June 18, 2016, an attempt was made to assassinate Donald Trump.
While attending a Trump rally last June, Michael Sandford allegedly asked for Trump’s autograph before attempting to grab a holstered gun from a police officer. He was quickly arrested and charged with disrupting an official function and being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. Officers claim that later, Sandford told them he intended “to shoot and kill Trump.”
“A British man arrested at a weekend Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas tried to grab a police officer’s gun so he could kill the presidential candidate after planning an assassination for about a year, according to authorities.
U.S. Secret Service agents said Michael Steven Sandford approached a Las Vegas police officer at the campaign stop to say he wanted Trump’s autograph, but that he then tried to take the weapon.
A complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nevada charges Sandford, 20, with an act of violence on restricted grounds. He was denied bail during a court appearance later in the day. His court-appointed attorney said he was living out of his car and in the country illegally after overstaying a visa.”
A few months later he faced trial and was sentenced to only one year in prison!
As reported by AP,
“Michael Steven Sandford, 20, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Mahan to one year and one day in prison with credit for time served and good behavior behind bars.
The sentence was about six months less than prosecutors sought, but the judge said Sandford will be deported when he’s released.
Mahan blamed the June 18 attempt in a crowded Las Vegas strip casino ballroom on Sandford’s mental illness, calling Sandford’s effort a “goofy, crazy stunt” fueled by voices he thought he was hearing
Sandford could have faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted of both charges at a trial, and up to 30 years on the three charges he initially faced. One charge of being an illegal alien knowingly in possession of a firearm was dropped.”
AP also reported that “Sandford told a federal agent he arrived in Las Vegas two days before the campaign rally, rented a 9mm pistol and practiced shooting a gun for the first time in his life at a gun range.”
Do you think a year in jail is sufficient for a man who plotted to eliminate a presidential candidate, even with mental health concerns?
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