White House fence jumper pleads guilty
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The man who is accused of illegally scaling the White House fence on Thanksgiving Day last year has pleaded guilty in the offense.
Joseph Caputo, 23, had been charged with ‘entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds’, a charge that carries a maximum of a year in prison and up to a year of supervised release.
The government presented evidence that on Thanksgiving, a Secret Service agent witnessed Caputo climbing the fence with an American flag wrapped around him like a cape.
The officer says he ran toward Caputo, who made it over the fence and onto the North Lawn of the White House, where he was immediately stopped and taken into custody.
In a press release, the Secret Service said that Caputo made strange and spontaneous comments to law enforcement while in custody, such as “I love my country” and “I knew I would be locked up.”