Sentencing Set For Man Who Shot at White House in 2011
WASHINGTON — An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to shooting at and hitting the White House is set to be sentenced.
Prosecutors say Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez should spend 27 years in prison for the 2011 shooting. His sentencing is scheduled for Monday afternoon. 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 initially charged Ortega-Hernandez with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama but agreed to drop the charge as part of a plea deal in 2013.
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