The man who hoisted a giant lectern on the Capitol steps and grabbed Nancy Pelosi’s hand during a Jan. 6 inauguration ceremony has pleaded guilty to unlawful entry, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
Allan Stetson, the former staffer from Arizona, admitted he climbed the official White House East Front security barrier and illegally entered the Capitol Visitor Center on Jan. 6, days after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
The maximum penalty for the offense is six months in prison and a $1,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for June 19.
Stetson ran an event planning company that Stetson Strategic Events described on its website as a “consulting firm that promotes small business development through creative experiences for community leaders.”
Pelosi and her husband attended the inaugural ceremonies but security officials removed him from the Capitol before she was introduced as the new speaker of the House.
Stetson’s climb did not interfere with the ceremony, but it set off a dramatic spectacle after he waved a large placard that spelled out “PSYCHO” and she put her hand on his.
“Which one do you want to go first,” the chairwoman of the Democratic Party joked to Stetson, who then grabbed ahold of Pelosi’s hand.
The incident came as security forces began removing demonstrators, but their actions were widely condemned as excessively harsh.
“I’m not going down without a fight!” he said from the lectern.
Police also arrested at least nine people when they attempted to storm the White House after Stetson’s rise.
Fox News’ Cal Thomas contributed to this report.