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Marines To Handle Corporal Who Tried To Scale White House Fence

April 1, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Federal officials will not prosecute a Marine who was arrested as he allegedly tried to scale the White House fence because he thought he was at his base south of Washington.

The Secret Service said Cpl. Jebediah Morris, 21, of Enid, Oklahoma, was ``extremely intoxicated″ when arrested early Sunday and charged with unlawful entry. The U.S. Attorney’s office decided Monday to drop the charge leave any discipline to the Marines, U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Kevin Ohlson said.

A Secret Service spokesman said an agent found Morris, who was unarmed, outside the fence before dawn. Queried, Morris told the officer he thought he was at the Quantico Marine Base in suburban Virginia.

A few minutes later, Morris allegedly tried to climb the fence but was restrained.

Chief Warrant Officer Bill Wright, Quantico base spokesman, said Morris was released to the custody of his helicopter squadron command, which was investigating the incident.

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