British tourist sentenced on weapons charge over Trump rally scare

By REUTERS
December 14, 2016 00:06

A 20-year-old British tourist who prosecutors say caused a security scare at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Las Vegas by trying to wrestle a gun from a police officer was sentenced on Tuesday to a year and a day in prison.

Michael Sandford, was sentenced by US District Judge James Mahan in Las Vegas after pleading guilty in September under a plea agreement with prosecutors to one count each of illegal weapon possession by an alien and disrupting the orderly conduct of government business or functions.A lawyer for Sandford, federal public defender Brenda Weksler, said she was "happy with the result," calling the sentence a "fair disposition of the case given the unique circumstances." When asked whether Sandford intended to harm Trump, Weksler said: "Our client is not political at all."


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