by Deanna Darr
The Idaho man who was arrested after firing shots at the White House on Nov. 11 is being charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama or one of his aides.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez appeared in federal court earlier today, in Pittsburgh, Pa., where the charges were announced. If convicted, he could face a maximum of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will not be formally indited until he is extradited to Washington, D.C.
According to the criminal complaint, Ortega-Hernandez reportedly considers Obama the cause of all his personal problems. Ortega-Hernandez has a lengthy criminal history and was reported missing from his home in Idaho Falls on Oct. 31.
Witnesses to the shooting incident reported seeing a man shoot at the White House from a car with Idaho plates and later run away from that same car. Law enforcement officials found a rifle and ammunition inside the car that matched the rounds that hit the White House. According to official reports, two rounds hit the building—one was stopped by a bullet-proof window, while the other hit the facade. Neither the president nor his family were home at the time of the shooting.
Ortega-Hernandez was arrested at a hotel in Indiana, Pa., on Nov. 16.