Earlier we shared that Michael Steven Sandford (*note* could be alias) had been planning to assassinate Donald Trump for over a year after arrival from the United Kingdom, and driving across the country. However, as an outcome of his court appearance today we discover he was also in the United States illegally:
LAS VEGAS – The man facing charges for attempting to grab a police officer’s gun so he could allegedly shoot candidate Donald Trump is in the United States illegally.
He had overstayed his visa from the United Kingdom. That information came out during his arraignment at U.S. District Court Monday afternoon.
Michael Sandford, 20, is charged with an act of violence on restricted grounds. He was arrested Saturday during Trump’s campaign rally. Police said he grabbed the handle of an officer’s gun in an attempt to remove it.
According to the complaint, Sandford told police, he drove from California to Las Vegas to kill Trump. During the arraignment, it was also learned that Sandford had been living in his car and that he has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism.
Sandford has not been diagnosed with a mental illness but has tried to commit suicide in the past. He doesn’t have a criminal record.
The judge ordered him to remain in custody. His next court date is a preliminary hearing set for July 5. (link)