DiMassimo charged in federal court with illegal entry on restricted grounds, faces possible maximum sentence of one year in prison.
Bet he wasn’t expecting this! Here’s what he should have been aware of, before attempting to jump the barricade and charge Mr. Trump:
Once candidates have Secret Service protection, it’s a federal crime to ‘impede or disrupt’ them.
H.R. 347, which updated existing protest regulations in 2011, makes it a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison to “impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of government business or official functions” — and that applies to a candidate if they’re under Secret Service guard.
USA Today reports: A 22-year-old Ohio man, who allegedly attempted to rush a stage where Donald Trump was speaking over the weekend, has been charged in federal court with illegal entry on restricted grounds.
The March 12 incident in Vandalia, Ohio, prompted a dramatic response by U.S. Secret Service agents who jumped to the stage to form a body shield around the Republican presidential candidate whose rallies have become magnets for demonstrators and angry clashes between protesters and supporters.
The suspect, Thomas DiMassimo, was detained before reaching the candidate.
The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum punishment of one year in prison.