College Student Pleads Guilty to Sneaking Into Mar-a-Lago - NBC Connecticut
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

College Student Pleads Guilty to Sneaking Into Mar-a-Lago

University of Wisconsin student Mark Lindblom apologized Tuesday and received a year's probation



    5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
    Getty Images
    President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort is seen on April 3, 2019, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

    A college student pleaded guilty Tuesday to sneaking into Mar-a-Lago during President Donald Trump's Thanksgiving visit in a manner similar to how a Chinese national gained admission four months later.

    University of Wisconsin student Mark Lindblom apologized Tuesday and received a year's probation after federal prosecutors agreed he meant no harm when he sneaked into the Palm Beach club. Lindblom, who was charged with entering a restricted area, was visiting his grandparents at a neighboring resort on Nov. 23 when he walked down a beach and got in line with entering Mar-a-Lago members and guests, wanting to see if he could get in.

    Trump and his family were at the club for the holiday.

    The Palm Beach Post reports Lindblom walked past signs warning that only authorized people were allowed entry. The 19-year-old business major from Washington, D.C., then went through a metal detector and Secret Service agents let him enter.

    Trump Walks Back FBI Critique on Foreign Dirt Comments

    [NATL] Trump Walks Back FBI Critique on Foreign Dirt Comments, Says Would Turn Over to Authorities
    President Trump is flipping the script on foreign election interference, after telling ABC News that he’d consider taking foreign dirt on a political opponent. The president clarified his previous statement on Fox News, saying that “there isn’t anything wrong with listening” to such intelligence, and that “of course” he’d contact the authorities if a foreign power offered it to him.”
    (Published Friday, June 14, 2019)

    "I wanted to see how far I could get," Lindblom told Magistrate Judge William Matthewman. He said he did not realize how his actions would affect the Secret Service agents guarding the president. He said after watching online video of the 1981 attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, he now understands the dangers agents face.

    "These men and women are dedicated to serve us and protect the president," he said. "I'm so sorry for wasting their time."

    Assistant U.S. Attorney John McMillan told Matthewman that an investigation showed Lindblom's only goal was to gain entry and take pictures.

    "We have no reason to believe he had a political, criminal or terroristic purpose," McMillan said. "It was a foolish decision he did on a lark."

    Matthewman agreed, saying Lindblom committed "a youthful indiscretion more out of misplaced curiosity."

    McMillan said security at Mar-a-Lago has since been tightened and Lindblom would not have been able to enter now.

    Congress Takes on 'Deepfakes' Leading Up to 2020 Election

    [NATL] Congress Takes on 'Deepfake' Videos s Leading Up to 2020 Election

    Deepfakes, doctored videos with one face realistically superimposed on another, gained attention and alarm from lawmakers leading up to the 2020 presidential elections in an era that saw instant fallout from other altered videos of celebrities and politicians. 

    (Published Friday, June 14, 2019)

    Agents also let Chinese national Yujing Zhang enter Mar-a-Lago in March after she allegedly told them she was there to use the pool. She is awaiting trial and is facing more serious charges as prosecutors say she lied to agents. She was also found to be carrying cellphones, a computer and other electronic equipment. She has pleaded not guilty.