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California man pleads guilty in White House fence jump case

Posted July 13

— A California man charged with jumping the White House fence earlier this year has pleaded guilty in connection with the case.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement Thursday that 27-year-old Jonathan Tran of Milpitas, California, pleaded guilty to a charge of entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds.

Authorities say Secret Service agents found Tran walking on the grounds of the White House complex on March 10 and, when confronted, he claimed to be a "friend of the President." He was carrying two cans of pepper spray.

President Donald Trump previously described Tran as a "troubled person."

Sentencing is set for Sept. 25. Tran's attorney did not immediately respond to telephone and email requests for comment.

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