Man who scaled White House fence sentenced to 17 months in prison

WASHINGTON — An Army veteran who jumped the White House fence and ran into the executive mansion carrying a knife last September was sentenced to 17 months in prison, including time served, on Tuesday.

Omar Gonzalez had pleaded guilty 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 in March. He will get credit for nine months time served.

Gonzalez, 43, has already been in jail for nine months, ever since his arrest. His lawyer had argued for time served due to Gonzalez’s military service, while the prosecution has pushed for a two-year sentence.

Following his sentence, Gonzalez will be placed on three years of supervised release, during which he will not be allowed to enter the District of Columbia except for court appearances and meetings with his attorney.

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