White House fence jumper pleads guilty

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The U.S. Secret Service apprehended a man Thursday, November 26, 2015 after he jumped over a White House fence as the first family was inside celebrating Thanksgiving. The man, who jumped over a fence on the North Lawn, was almost immediately detained by Secret Service officers.

White House fence jumper Joseph Caputo pleaded guilty Sept. 2.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The man who jumped the White House fence last Thanksgiving pleaded guilty in federal court Monday, according to the Secret Service.

Joseph Caputo, 23, illegally scaled the fence wearing an American flag as a cape. He was caught by Secret Service officers on the North Lawn of the White House.

“I love my country,” he told them.

Caputo could be sentenced to up to one year in prison, financial penalties and a year of supervised release on Dec. 6 for entering a restricted area.

Prosecutors have recommended that Caputo be sentenced to probation requiring him to stay away from D.C. and any facilities, sites or people under Secret Service protection. The government will also recommend mandatory interviews with the Secret Service.

Caputo was sent to St. Elizabeths Hospital for a mental health evaluation following his arrest.