When Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, tried to carry out her assassination attempt on American President Gerald R. Ford, she failed. Actually, she never fired the weapon she had with her, which had no bullet in the chamber.
That didn’t stop the court from sentencing her to life in prison. She served 34 years of that sentence, being released in 2009.
Now, we have an illegal alien who has been sentenced to a year in jail and who will probably be released in four short months.
What kind of justice is that?
A British man has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison over his attempt to grab a gun in a bid to kill Donald Trump.
Michael Sandford, 20, pleaded guilty in September to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function.
He was accused of grabbing a policeman’s gun at a rally in Las Vegas in order to shoot at the candidate.
His mother says “he is remorseful over what he did”.
Sandford, of Dorking, Surrey, had faced up to 10 years in prison over the alleged assassination plot.
The court heard that he could be eligible for release in four months’ time, at which point he will be deported to the UK.
The defence team said their client is autistic and suffers seizures and obsession-compulsion anxiety.
In the courtroom – James Cook, BBC News, Las Vegas
Michael Sandford appeared in court in orange prison garb, looking pale and slight, his ankles shackled.
He smiled as members of his family waved to him and mouthed: “I love you.”
Sandford then broke down in tears as he apologised for what he had done and for taking up time and costing the taxpayer money.
“I just feel terrible about it,” he said.
The judge James Mahan appeared sympathetic, telling Sandford: “I don’t think you harboured malice in your heart.”
His mother, Lynne Sandford, also addressed the judge, saying her son was “cherished and adored”.
“It breaks my heart to see him in this environment,” she said, as she appealed for a lenient sentence on the basis that her son needed treatment and the support of his family.
Squeaky Fromme got a raw deal in comparison to Trump’s would-be killer, but her sentence was clearly harsh because of her ties to the Manson family. Sandford’s family claims he needs treatment. Well, so did she.
Sandford’s sentence sends the opposite message than Fromme’s sentence. Claim you’re autistic and you can try to kill the president.