Idaho Man Sentenced to 25 Years For Shooting at White House

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Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for a November 2011 shooting incident.
  • Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for a November 2011 shooting incident.

An Idaho man who admitted to firing an assault rifle at the White House in 2011 while President Barack Obama was away on business was sentenced Monday to 25 years behind bars.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, originally from Idaho Falls, had a background of legal problems and "a history of aberrant behavior," according to federal prosecutors. He had been reported missing for nearly a month by his family prior to the Nov. 11, 2011, incident when he shot at the White House with a semi-automatic weapon.

Ortega-Hernandez had criminal records in Idaho, Texas and Utah, including drug usage, underage drinking, domestic violence, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

He had originally pleaded not guilty and his lawyers argued in January 2013 that their client had been coerced into making comments to law enforcement shortly after his arrest.

In a federal courtroom Monday, prosecutors had asked for Oretega-Hernandez to spend 27 years in prison, while Oretega-Hernandez's lawyers argued that their client had been suffering from depression and mental stress at the time of the shooting before asking for a 10-year-sentence.

Ultimately, a federal judge sentenced Ortega-Hernandez to spend 25 years in a federal prison.


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