LAS VEGAS (AP) — A British citizen has pleaded not guilty in U.S. federal court to charges alleging he tried to grab a police officer’s gun to shoot presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a Las Vegas campaign rally.
A federal magistrate judge set an Aug. 22 trial date for Michael Steven Sandford following his pleas Wednesday to charges of disrupting an official function and two firearm possession counts.
The 20-year-old Sandford could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
He’s been in custody since his arrest June 18 at the rally at the Treasure Island hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Federal agents say Sandford told them he drove from San Bernardino, California, to Las Vegas and practiced shooting at a gun range the day before Trump’s appearance.
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