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Mother of Trump's Would-Be Assassin Fears Son Will Commit Suicide

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Police remove Michael Steven Sandford as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas on June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 Jul 2016 09:38 AM

The mother of a 20-year-old British man who allegedly snatched a gun from a policeman at a rally for Donald Trump and said he wanted to shoot the presumptive GOP nominee wants her son sent back home for psychiatric treatment as she fears he'll commit suicide if he is detained in the United States.

Michael Sandford, who was arrested on June 18 in Las Vegas, is being held "in isolation 22 hours a day with no window to the outside world," his mother, Lynne Sandford, told the BBC. "He is really closed off to society, to everything."

Sandford noted that her son has Asperger's syndrome, but she does not want him to escape punishment. However, she also doesn't want him to be jailed in the United States, as he has a history of contacts with mental health services providers and has attempted suicide in the past.

"He is very gentle, calm person" and would think "there is no point," if he is jailed for the next 30 years in a U.S. prison. "Why would he live the next 30 years in these situations? So yes, I think he would attempt to commit suicide again."

The younger Sandford traveled to the United States about a year ago, although his mother said she tried "desperately" to stop him from leaving Great Britain and was backed by medical professionals.

"We were basically told because he's 18, unless you have him declared mentally incompetent, there's nothing you can do," she said. "And because he is very articulate, very bright, we could not stop him."

After he left England, his mother said, she would go from hearing nothing from him to getting 10 phone calls a day, but he would not answer questions about his lifestyle or what he had been doing in the United States.

"Next thing I knew, on June 18, I was woken at midnight by a call from the Foreign Office," she told the BBC. "It shocked me. They said he had been arrested. My world fell apart, I was shaking head-to-foot and burst into tears. I couldn't believe it. I need to know what happened to him in the last year in America. Who put these ideas in his head?"

The suspect told Secret Service agents that he drove from California to Las Vegas with the intent of killing Trump, and that he had practiced shooting the day before at a gun range. He also had said he expected to be killed in the assassination attempt, which he'd planned for a year.

But his mother said he'd "never mentioned politics in any way in his entire life and never taken an interest in politics."

Sandford was in the United States illegally, after coming to the country 18 months ago to live with a girl in Hoboken, New Jersey and overstaying his visa, and Trump, who has made illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign, told Bartiromo that such events are what's happening.

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