A MAN with Havant links accused of attempting to grab a police officer’s gun in a bid to kill Donald Trump has been charged in America.
Michael Sandford, 20, from Dorking, Surrey, was arrested at a rally in a Las Vegas casino after going for the weapon as he asked for the presidential hopeful’s autograph on June 18.
Sandford’s father is 50-year-old Paul Davey, who lives in Havant, has spoken of his shock and has said he intends to visit his son in the United States.
Sandford, who was in America without permission, told police he wanted to kill the presumptive Republican nominee, according to the Secret Service.
US Attorney Daniel Bogden said a grand jury had charged him with disrupting an official function and two firearms counts.
The charges could attract a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.
Sandford told investigators he expected to die in the attempt, which he had been planning for a year, the Las Vegas court previously heard.
He arrived in the city on June 17, when he went to a local shooting range where he reportedly learned how to use a gun for the first time.
Sandford remains in federal custody.