Man who fired rifle at White House sentenced to 25 years in prison
Published 31/03/2014 | 22:43
A man who pleaded guilty to firing an assault rifle at the White House in 2011 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
A federal judge in Washington sentenced Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez.
Prosecutors had asked that the Idaho man should spend 27 and a half years in prison for the shooting.
No one was injured, but prosecutors said Ortega-Hernandez hit the executive mansion about eight times and did nearly $100,000 in damage.
Ortega-Hernandez's lawyers argued 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 asked for a 10-year sentence.
Prosecutors initially charged Ortega-Hernandez with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama but agreed to drop the charge as part of a plea deal last year.