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Dominic Adesanya, Accused White House Fence Jumper, Pleads Guilty

Adesanya, 23, was arrested in October after jumping a fence and making it onto the North Lawn, according to the Secret Service.
/ Source: NBC News

A Maryland man arrested after police say he jumped a White House fence last fall pleaded guilty Friday to a related misdemeanor, federal prosecutors said.

Dominic Adesanya, 23, appeared in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on a charge of entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, which carries a maximum one year in prison and a possible fine. He is expected to be sentenced at a later date.

Adesanya, of Bel Air, has been in custody since the Oct. 22 incident in which he was subdued after punching and kicking two guard dogs protecting the North Lawn. During a court hearing that month, Adesanya shouted that he was a "targeted individual" and needed help. His father told The Associated Press that he has mental health problems and was previously diagnosed with paranoia.

President Barack Obama was at the White House at the time of the incident, but Adesanya's father said his son had no intention of hurting him. His defense team was expected to ask for Adesanya to be released from jail pending his sentencing, according to the Justice Department.


— Erik Ortiz