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Briton jailed for 'gun stunt' at Donald Trump rally

By David Mercer

A British man has been jailed for 12 months for trying to grab a policeman's gun at a Donald Trump rally in an apparent bid to kill the now US President-elect.

Michael Sandford (20), from Surrey, 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.

He allegedly told officers after his arrest that his plan was to shoot the tycoon. Sandford, who has autism, was sentenced at a federal court in Las Vegas after pleading guilty in September to charges of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function.

Lawyers acting for the Briton said he suffers a number of mental health problems and he 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. You're not a hardened criminal. You're not evil or a sociopath like a lot of people we have.

"I don't think you wanted to kill anybody.

"This was just some crazy stunt that your mind told you to do."

Sandford became tearful as he apologised. Dressed in an orange prison uniform and wearing leg irons, he told the court: "I know saying sorry is not enough. I really feel awful about what I did."

Yesterday Mr Trump met with Kanye West to discuss "multicultural issues", the rapper said.

The pair spoke about "issues including bullying, supporting teachers, modernising curriculums, and violence in Chicago" during a meeting at Trump Tower, West tweeted.

Mr Trump said the two were "just friends" and that they discussed "life", describing the musician as a "good man".

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