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Idiot who went for gun to ‘kill’ Trump pleads guilty to firearm, disruption charges

Idiot who went for gun to ‘kill’ Trump pleads guilty to firearm, disruption charges

Derek Hawkins | The Washington Post

When Michael Steven Sandford drove from southern California to Las Vegas in June, he allegedly told investigators he had two goals in mind.

The first: Learn how to fire a gun.

The second: Kill Donald Trump.

Sandford, a 20-year-old Briton, had never used a gun in his life, according to court documents. So on June 17 he went to the Battlefield Vegas gun range, just a few miles off the Las Vegas Strip, and unloaded 20 rounds from a rented Glock 9mm at a paper target.

The next day, Trump held a political rally in the Mystere Theater at the Treasure Island Casino. Sandford, unarmed, passed through the metal detectors to watch the Republican nominee speak. As Trump addressed the crowd, Sandford approached a Las Vegas police officer, asking if he could get the candidate’s autograph. Then, without warning, he reached for the officer’s gun with both hands.

Security stopped him before he could unholster the weapon. “We love our police,” Trump said as Sandford was carried out of the casino in handcuffs.

Sandford was initially charged with an act of violence on restricted grounds, but he was later indicted on firearm and disruption charges.

On Tuesday, Sandford pleaded guilty to one count of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and one count of disrupting an official function, both felonies. Prosecutors have recommended a sentence of 18 months to two years. Although court papers show he admitted to special agents that he wanted to kill Trump, his plea leaves out talk of an assassination plot.

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