A North Dakota man pleaded guilty in court Friday after he was accused of planning to kill President Trump with a forklift.
The New York Post reports Gregory Lee Leingang,42, was charged in federal court for plotting to kill President Trump during his visit to Mandan, North Dakota, in September 2017. Trump was visiting the state to give a speech about tax reform in Bismarck. U.S. Assistant State’s Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell explained in court that Leingang allegedly stole a forklift and followed Trump’s motorcade route so he could flip the president’s limosine and kill him instantly.
“The intent was to basically try to get to the limo, flip the limo and get to the president and he wanted to kill the president,”
He attempted to escape with the forklift when the vehicle got stuck inside of a gated area but was caught and arrested by local police. Leingang’s public defender stated that his client was suffering from a “psychotic breakdown” when he plotted to kill President Trump.
The charges Leingang faced included one count of attempting to enter in a restricted area while using a dangerous weapon and one count of attempting to damage government property.
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A judge sentenced Leingang to five years in prison after entering a plea deal with prosecutors and is expected to serve more time for starting a fire and a burglary case, both unrelated to the assassination attempt. His sentencing is scheduled for February 15.
Meanwhile, check out the clip below of a teen who also plotted to kill President Donald Trump.