A North Dakota man, described as suffering from a psychiatric crisis, pleaded guilty to stealing a forklift with the intent of using it as part of a plot to assassinate Donald Trump. The Hill:
Gregory Lee Leingang, 42, pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges related to an incident in September 2017, when he was arrested for stealing a forklift from a restricted building and attempting to enter Trump’s motorcade route.
U.S. Assistant State’s Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell said that Leingang attempted to steal the forklift in an effort to “kill the president.”
“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,” Sasse Russell said, according to the Grand Forks Herald.
September 4 was a busy day for Leingang. The same morning that he hatched the plot to flip Trump’s limo, he also set two fires and committed burglary. He’s been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.