A North Dakota man accused of plotting to make use of a forklift to flip over President Trump’s limo to “kill the president” pleaded responsible on Friday.
Gregory Lee Leingang, 42, was charged in federal courtroom concerning his plan that revolved round Trump’s go to to Mandan, North Dakota, in September 2017, the Grand Forks Herald reported.
Trump was visiting the town, roughly 6 miles east of Bismarck, to provide a speech on tax reform.
Leingang, in line with U.S. Assistant State’s Lawyer Brandi Sasse Russell, stole a forklift and entered Trump’s motorcade route after the president arrived within the metropolis one afternoon.
“The intent was to principally attempt to get to the limo, flip the limo and get to the president and he needed to kill the president,” she stated of Leingang.
Leingang tried to flee after the forklift received caught in a gated space, in line with experiences. He was caught by native police and allegedly confessed his plan to authorities, together with the U.S. Secret Service.
A public defender argued in courtroom that Leingang was “struggling a critical psychiatric disaster throughout this incident,” and reportedly set two fires earlier on the identical day he stole the equipment.
Leingang was charged with one depend of trying to enter or stay in a restricted constructing and on grounds whereas utilizing a harmful weapon and one depend of trying to break authorities property.
He entered a plea cope with federal prosecutors and was sentenced to 5 years in jail for stealing the forklift. He’s additionally serving time for pleading responsible to beginning the fires and for a housebreaking case, and is anticipated to stay behind bars for many years.
A sentencing listening to for Leingang is scheduled for Feb. 15.