White House fence jumper pleads guilty to 2 charges

Author: Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) – A knife-carrying Army veteran who scaled a White House fence and dashed into the executive mansion before being caught has pleaded guilty in connection with the case.

Omar Gonzalez pleaded guilty Friday during a court hearing to entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon and assaulting, resisting or impeding a Secret Service officer.

The Sept. 19 incident preceded the disclosure of other serious Secret Service breaches in security for President Barack Obama and ultimately led to the resignation of the agency’s director.

After Gonzalez’s arrest, investigators found hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in his car.

The first family was not home when Gonzalez got inside the mansion.

Gonzalez previously lived in Copperas Cove, Texas.

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