• Briton who sought to ‘shoot’ Trump pleads not guilty

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    LOS ANGELES: A British man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to charges linked to his arrest at a Donald Trump rally during which he tried to snatch a policeman’s gun. Michael Sandford, 20, entered his plea before a federal judge in Las Vegas, where he was arrested on June 18 at a campaign event for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. His trial on two felony counts of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and one count of impeding and disrupting the orderly conduct of government business was set for Aug. 22. According to court documents, Sandford, who had overstayed his visa in the United States, told police that he had tried to snatch an officer’s gun at the rally in order to shoot Trump. His parents have said he suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and told British media this week that they feared he might commit suicide if kept in a US prison. His mother Lynne said she wanted him deported back to Britain so he could get psychiatric help. She told the BBC that her son had a history of mental illness and had previously tried to take his own life.

    AFP

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