Washington • An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to firing an assault rifle at the White House in 2011, striking the executive mansion more than half a dozen times, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.
Prosecutors initially charged Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 23, with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama but agreed to drop the charge as part of a plea deal last year. Ortega-Hernandez instead pleaded guilty to two charges, including damaging the home.
Obama and the first lady were not home at the time of the shooting, and no one was injured. But prosecutors said Ortega-Hernandez jeopardized the lives of two other members of the Obama family who were at the home as well as White House employees and staff, Secret Service agents and bystanders. Prosecutors said the bullets from his gun did nearly $100,000 damage to the home. They asked that Ortega-Hernandez, who referred to Obama as "the anti-Christ," spend 27 ½ years in prison.