It’s a little odd to see a “not guilty” plea, considering Michael Sandford previously admitted to the plot to assassinate presidential candidate Donald Trump.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A British citizen pleaded not guilty Wednesday to U.S. federal charges alleging he tried to grab a police officer’s gun to shoot presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a Las Vegas campaign rally.
A judge set an Aug. 22 trial date for Michael Steven Sandford, 20, on charges of disrupting an official function and two firearm possession counts.
Sandford stood wearing a yellow jail jump suit with his federal public defense attorneys during his brief arraignment.
He responded, “Yes, I do,” when U.S. Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach asked whether he understood the nature of the charges against him. He could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
His attorneys, Brenda Weksler and Ryan Norwood, declined to comment outside court.
Sandford has been in custody since his arrest June 18 at the rally at the Treasure Island hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. (read more)