- Associated Press - Thursday, July 13, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide