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Former Olympic Sprinter Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Entry at Equatorial Guinea Embassy

A four-time Olympic sprinter and American college track star pleaded guilty to a count related to forcibly thrusting papers and garbage at the Washington, D.C., embassy of the small West African nation of Equatorial Guinea.

Gustavo Envela, 50, could avoid prison time for a bizarre incident in June, but he could also face a $10,000 fine. 

Envela illegally entered the grounds of the embassy, tossing trash and papers, including a picture depicting the assassination of the president of the country, according to an affidavit from the U.S. Secret Service.

Envela told the News4 ITeam he’s a political activist who never threatened to harm anyone and was peacefully protesting, but the incident triggered a Secret Service investigation.

In court filings this week, prosecutors said Envela has a criminal history, including a past incident of trespassing.

Envela is a former track star at Stanford University who participated in the 1984 Summer Olympics at the age of 16 on behalf of Equatorial Guinea, then later raced at the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympics.

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