Sentencing set for Idaho man who shot at White House

Sentencing set for Idaho man who shot at White House

Credit: KTVB.COM

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez

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by Associated Press and KTVB.COM

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Posted on March 31, 2014 at 8:45 AM

WASHINGTON - An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to shooting at and hitting the White House is scheduled to be sentenced Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors say Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez should spend 27 years in prison for the 2011 shooting.

Ortega, a resident of Idaho Falls, Idaho, is charged with using an assault rifle with an attached scope to fire a series of shots at the White House from long range on the night of Nov. 11. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were out of town at the time.

No one was injured, but prosecutors say Ortega-Hernandez hit the executive mansion about eight times and did nearly $100,000 in damage.

Ortega-Hernandez's lawyers say he was suffering from extreme depression and mental stress at the time of the shooting and was under the misguided belief that Armageddon was coming. They argue the 23-year-old should only spend 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors had alleged Ortega harbored conspiracy theories and fantasies of killing the President Barack Obama.

They initially charged Ortega-Hernandez with attempting to assassinate the President, but agreed to drop the charge as part of a plea deal in 2013. 

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