Van der Graaf was released on parole on 2 May 2014, after having served two thirds of his sentence as required by Dutch law. The conditions of his parole were: weekly reporting to the probation service; a ban on visiting the places of residence of relatives or victim or the municipal areas of Rotterdam, Hilversum and The Hague; location monitoring with an ankle bracelet with GPS; a ban on contacting the relatives of Fortuyn; a ban on communicating with the media; and compulsory meetings with a psychologist or psychiatrist. He subsequently settled in Apeldoorn.Meanwhile, the illegal alien from England who attempted to assassinate Donald Trump earlier this year has pretty much disappeared down the American media hole, but the English press is following him with sympathy.
In July 2014, his lawyer Stijn Franken started legal proceedings against the terms of the parole. Van der Graaf was interested in becoming a legal advisor, and the restriction on visiting The Hague was unreasonable when so many legal organisations are based there. He also claimed that the restriction on communicating with the press was a violation of free speech, and that this and other restrictions were unnecessary when experts had found the risk of recidivism to be extremely low. He was partially successful, in that the travel restrictions and the ankle bracelet conditions were removed, but the media ban remained to "prevent unnecessary social unrest". The government appealed the judgement, but it was upheld.
From The Guardian:
Briton Michael Sandford jailed over plan to shoot Donald TrumpSee, he’s not one of these dangerous gun nuts who likes practicing shooting. He only went to a gun range to practice murdering Donald Trump. If he hadn’t been planning to assassinate the Republican presidential candidate he’d never have gone near such a disgusting place.
Twenty-year-old jailed for 12 months by Las Vegas court for trying to grab police officer’s gun at Trump rally
A 20-year-old Briton has been jailed for 12 months by a Las Vegas court for trying to grab a police officer’s gun at a Donald Trump rally in June.
Michael Steven Sandford, who has autism, tried to get the weapon at a Las Vegas casino where Trump was addressing supporters during the presidential campaign.
He allegedly told officers after his arrest that he planned to shoot Trump.
Sandford, of Dorking, Surrey, pleaded guilty in September to charges of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function.
He could have faced up to 20 years in prison if he had been convicted at trial of both charges.
Judge James Mahan told him: “You have a medical problem. You should not be ashamed or embarrassed about it. You need medication.
“You’re not a hardened criminal. You’re not evil or a sociopath like a lot of people we have. I don’t think you wanted to kill anybody. This was just some crazy stunt that your mind told you to do.” …
As he has already been in custody since being arrested, he is not expected to have to spend a further 12 months behind bars.
Sandford did not get hold of the gun before he was arrested, and no shots were fired.
Court documents say that Sandford told a federal agent that he drove from California to Las Vegas with a plan to kill Trump.
His UK lawyer, Saimo Chahal, QC, of Bindmans, had argued that Sandford was delusional at the time.
The court papers also stated that Sandford had gone to a gun range in Las Vegas to learn how to fire a gun, which he had not done before.
Sandford told police he had been in the US for 18 months before the incident. He was unemployed, living out of his car and in the US illegally.When England sends its illegal immigrants, it’s not sending its best.
As well as autism, he also has obsessive compulsive disorder, severe depression, seizures, cardiac issues and Crohn’s disease, according to his family.
His mother Lynne Sandford, who travelled to the US for the sentencing with her mother Christine and four-year-old daughter Jessica, had appealed to the judge to allow her son to serve his sentence in the UK so he could get the right psychiatric help.I kind of get the feeling that powerful elements are sending a message to the unstable loners of the world: If you want to be appreciated, you know what to do.
The family has launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover the legal costs relating to their bid to bring Sandford back to the UK to serve his sentence.