Bismarck man sentenced in plan to attack presidential limo
BISMARCK, (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.