Briton pleads guilty on Trump gun charges

By BBC

A British man accused of trying to shoot US presidential candidate Donald Trump has pleaded guilty to some of the charges he faced.

Michael Sandford, 20, from Dorking, Surrey, was due to stand trial over an incident at a Trump rally in Las Vegas on 18 June.

He pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function.

His plea means he could be deported and his sentence reduced.

Sandford may have faced up to 20 years in a US prison if he had been convicted at trial of both charges.

He was due to stand trial later this month over an incident at a rally in which he allegedly tried to grab a policeman’s gun to attack the Republican presidential candidate.

Sandford was accused of attempting to shoot Donald Trump at a rally on 18 June
Sandford was accused of attempting to shoot Donald Trump at a rally on 18 June

The Briton’s mother, Lynne Sandford, flew to the US last week with his UK-based lawyer to see her son in custody for the first time and persuade him to sign the plea agreement.

She said Sandford had needed care for a number of mental health conditions including autism, severe obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression.

Ms Sandford has argued her son should serve any sentence in a psychiatric hospital in the UK.

  

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