Statue of Liberty climber should get at least a month behind bars: prosecutors

Prosecutors want the Statue of Liberty-climbing immigrant rights activist to get at least one month behind bars at her sentencing next week.

Therese “Patricia” Okoumou was convicted on three misdemeanor charges in December for the July Fourth incident in which she scaled the national monument — in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies — causing an evacuation of tourists on one of the busiest days of the year.

Manhattan Assistant US Attorney Brett Kalikow asked for the 30-day minimum incarceration term and three years of probation for Okoumou in hopes it would deter her from committing more climbing stunts.

“Her behavior since her arrest, and especially since her conviction, has shown flagrant disregard for the law and for the court,” Kalikow wrote in sentencing papers adding since the New York arrest last year she climbed the Eiffel Tower twice and she also climbed a building in Texas that held undocumented immigrant children last month.

Kalikow says her climbing endangers herself and others and she shows no intention of stopping.

“That’s how I do my activism. I climb things. It’s innate in me,” Kalikow quoted Okoumou saying in an interview with the media at her last court appearance when she was ordered to home confinement until her sentencing next Tuesday.

Okoumou’s lawyer, Ron Kuby, told The Post, “incarceration is pointlessly punitive. No one has ever been sentenced to a term of incarceration for protests or activities on the Statue of Liberty and there is a long pre-Trump history of such protests.”

“Three years of supervised release, the maximum allowed by law, is a way of putting Ms. Okoumou on probation through the end of the Trump administration and controlling her otherwise perfectly legal protest activities,” Kuby added.

The 44-year-old faces up to one and a half years behind bars. But her lawyer says she should get just one month of home confinement and community service.

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