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Man accused of trying to kill Donald Trump 'to plead guilty to lesser charges'

The mother of a man accused of trying to kill Donald Trump has told ITV News he will plead guilty to lesser charges when he appears in court.

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Michael Sandford, who has autism, was arrested at a political rally in a Las Vegas after he allegedly tried to grab an police officer's gun.

His mother, Lynne, is battling to bring him home as soon as possible.

I was very relieved that he signed it [plea agreement]. It was a bit of a battle because he is quite head strong. But we all laid the options out there for him on the table and, of course, it is a gamble.

There's no certainty. But he has signed the plea agreement. Now we have to wait to see if the judge will accept it and hopefully it's the end of one stage and the beginning of another stage.

Every stage is a stage closer to him being able to come home.

– Lynne Sandford
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The family's lawyer says she is also hopeful a psychiatric report will play a key part in Michael's defence.

Michael has been assessed by a psychiatrist and a very interesting piece of information has come forward. He appears to have been acting under a very psychotic episode at the time he tried to pull out the (officer's) gun.

He was hearing a voice telling him to rid the world of Trump. So, it does seem he was in a very bad mental state at the time that he allegedly committed this offence.

– Saimo Chahal, Lawyer

Michael Sandford has agreed to plead guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting government business. He will enter his plea on Tuesday before the US District Judge.

You can find the link to Michael Stanford's crowdfunding page here:

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