A North Dakota man pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to stealing a forklift and planning to “flip” President Donald Trump’s limousine on the day of his Mandan refinery speech.
Gregory Lee Leingang, 42, was charged in federal court with one count of attempting to enter or remain in a restricted building and on grounds while using a dangerous weapon, as well one count of attempting to damage government property.
Leingang reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors, entering a guilty plea on Friday for attempting to enter or remain in a restricted building and on grounds while using a dangerous weapon, that is, a forklift.
U.S. Assistant State’s Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell said Leingang was aware that the president was coming to town in Sept.
President Donald Trump was set to give his speech at the Andeavor Mandan Refinery, an area which had been cordoned off for the motorcade route.
Prior to the president’s arrival at around 2 p.m., Leingang had stolen a forklift in Mandan and entered the motorcade route, according to Sasse Russell.
“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 said.