Man Appeals Sentence in White House Shooting

WASHINGTON — A man sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting at the White House is appealing his sentence.

A lawyer for Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez filed the one-page notice of appeal Friday.

Ortega-Hernandez, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Washington. He had pleaded with the judge for a 10-year sentence during the hearing while prosecutors asked for 27.5 years.

Ortega-Hernandez originally was charged with attempting to assassinate the president in the 2011 incident, but prosecutors dropped the charge as part of a plea deal. Ortega-Hernandez pleaded guilty to one count of destruction of property and one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. The second count carried a mandatory 10-year sentence. Sentencing guidelines recommended a sentence from 24 to 27 ½ years.

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