(NBC NEWS) WASHINGTON — The Army veteran who pleaded guilty to scaling a White House fence with a folding knife last fall was sentenced Tuesday to 17 months in prison.
Omar Gonzalez's brazen breach of security included him rushing past guards and getting all the way to the East Room of the White House before he was tackled. The Obamas were not home.
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Gonzalez, 43, pleaded guilty to entering a restricted building while carrying a deadly weapon and assaulting a Secret Service agent. Federal prosecutors said he had "a history of encounters with law enforcement where he has described paranoid delusions," and amassed weapons, including high-powered rifles, tomahawks and knives.