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Bismarck man sentenced in plan to attack presidential limo

December 3, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge after admitting to stealing a forklift in a plan to attack President Donald Trump’s limousine during his visit to a refinery in the state.

Forty-two-year-old Gregory Lee Leingang, of Bismarck, stole a forklift and entered the presidential motorcade route in Mandan prior to Trump’s arrival at the Andeavor Mandan Refinery on Sept. 6, 2017. The forklift got stuck in a gated area and Leingang fled on foot. Prosecutors say Leingang planned to harm the president by flipping the limo with the forklift.

The Bismarck Tribune says Leingang reached a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Friday pleaded guilty to attempting to enter a restricted area while using a dangerous weapon, the forklift.

A sentencing hearing is set for Feb. 15.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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