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Idaho man was caught in White Township


A man who was caught in White Township after shooting at the White House in 2011 has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.


In a plea bargain that allowed him to avoid a charge of attempting to assassinate the president, 23-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez of Idaho Falls, Idaho, admitted guilt to federal charges of “injury to a dwelling and placing lives in jeopardy,” as well as “using, carrying and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.”


Ortega-Hernandez shot at the White House from his car on November 11th, 2011, hitting the presidential mansion six times and causing almost $100,000 damage.  Two of the president’s family members were in the home at the time, but no one was hurt. 


Ortega-Hernandez was arrested at the Hampton Inn in White Township five days after the incident.  He told Judge Rosemary Collyer that he was deeply sorry for the shooting and never intended to hurt anybody, but prosecutors disputed that, saying that he’d told friends that he was a modern-day Jesus, and President Obama was the anti-Christ.


The judge told Ortega-Hernandez that he couldn’t expect to walk away after shooting the White House, and that if he didn’t like the president, he should vote him out of office.

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