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British man jailed over plan to shoot Donald Trump

Michael Steven Sandford attempted to grab a police officer’s gun at a rally in June.

Police removing Michael Steven Sandford from the rally in June
Police removing Michael Steven Sandford from the rally in June
Image: John Locher AP/Press Association Images

A 20-YEAR-OLD British man has been sentenced to one year and one day in a US prison for trying to grab a police officer’s gun at a Donald Trump rally in June.

Michael Steven Sandford planned to use the gun to shoot Trump at the Last Vegas event.

Sandford has already spent about six months behind bars and is expected to receive about two months credit for good behaviour in prison.

US District Judge James Mahan blamed the incident, which took place in a crowded Las Vegas strip casino ballroom, on Sandford’s mental illness.

Sandford will be deported after his release. A prosecutor said he could be free by mid-April.

Sandford’s mother, father, grandmother and four-year-old sister were present in the courtroom today.

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