The British man, Michael Sandford, who tried grabbing a policeman’s gun at a Donald Trump rally in an alleged bid to kill the now US president-elect has been jailed for 12 months.
The 20-year-old prior to the incident had been living in America for 18 months. Report says he had lost touch with his family in the UK, and had a ‘delusional psychotic episode’ at the time of the attack.
He had attempted to snatch the weapon at a Las Vegas casino where Mr Trump was addressing supporters in the run-up to the US election in June.
Sandford, who has autism, allegedly told officers after his arrest that his plan was to shoot the tycoon.
He was sentenced at a federal court in Las Vegas after pleading guilty to charges of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function.
Sandford’s lawyers pleaded with the judge, James Mahan, to have mercy on thier client explaining that he suffers a number of mental health problems and was diagnosed as having had a psychotic episode at the time of the incident on June 18.
Sentencing Sandford to 12 months and a day in prison, Judge James Mahan told him: ‘You have a medical problem. You should not be ashamed or embarrassed about it. You need medication.