Missouri Man Pleads Guilty To Crashing Truck Into White House Barriers, Aimed To Overthrow Government

Sai Varshith Kandula, a 20-year-old Missouri man and Indian citizen, pleaded guilty on Monday to damaging federal property by crashing a rented truck into metal barriers surrounding the White House in May 2023.

Kandula admitted to investigators that his actions were “fueled by the ideology of Nazi Germany” and that he hoped to overthrow the U.S. government and replace it with a dictatorship with himself in charge.

As part of a plea agreement, Kandula also confessed that he would have “arranged for the killing of the U.S. president and others if necessary to achieve his objective.” He was carrying a Nazi flag at the time of his arrest.

Court documents reveal that Kandula was diagnosed with schizophrenia following his arrest. He faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in August and deportation upon his release.

Witness Chris Zaboji captured video footage of the truck driving into the barriers twice. No one from the White House or Secret Service was injured in the crash, according to Anthony Guglielmi, who is chief of communications for the agency.

Kandula was originally charged with threatening to kill or harm the U.S. president, assault with a dangerous weapon and reckless operation of a vehicle. His guilty plea was to a single count of damaging federal property as part of an agreement with prosecutors from the U.S. Department of Justice.