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Stamford Man Who Jumped White House Fence Sentenced To Probation

The image of a Stamford man wearing a flag as he jumped the fence at the White House was captured by Vanessa Peña and posted on Twitter ‏@VanessaVans.
The image of a Stamford man wearing a flag as he jumped the fence at the White House was captured by Vanessa Peña and posted on Twitter ‏@VanessaVans. Photo Credit: Vanessa Peña via Twitter ‏@VanessaVans

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Stamford man who jumped over the fence of the White House in 2015 has been sentenced to three years of probation, according to the Washington Post.

Joseph Caputo, 24, was also ordered to stay away from Washington D.C. and people and places under the protection of the U.S. Secret Service during that time, the Washington Post reported.

On Thanksgiving Day 2015, Caputo jumped over the White House fence while wearing white pants and an American flag tied around his neck. He also carried his own rewritten version of the U.S. Constitution, and reportedly told the Secret Service that he did not want to hurt the president, but just wanted to share his vision of what the country should stand for.

Caputo pleaded guilty in September to a federal misdemeanor charge of illegal entry of restricted grounds, the Washington Post reported. He has been under monitoring since his arrest on Nov. 26, 2015.

Caputo has Asperger syndrome and was raised by his mother, the Washington Post reported. His mother told the court that he had been trying to do something good but went about it in the wrong way, according to the Washington Post.

U.S. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper reportedly worried that the sentence of three years of probation might send the wrong message to people who might try something similar, but agreed to the recommendations of the prosecutors that the time would allow Caputo to get treatment that he needs, the Washington Post reported.

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