Tuesday, January 17, 2012

21-year-old Suspect Indicted By Federal Grand Jury For Attempting To Kill President Obama

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernández

Ortega-Hernández allegedly shot at the White House trying to shoot at President Obama who wasn't home.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 17, 2012

Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in a news release reported that Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernández, 21, of Idaho Falls, Idaho was indicted by a federal grand jury for attempting to assassinate U.S. President Barack H. Obama. The indictment stems from the November 11, 2011 shooting near the White House.
The federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on Tuesday returned a 17-count indictment against Ortega-Hernández, who has been in custody since his arrest on November 16, 2011. In addition to the attempted assassination charge, Ortega-Hernández was charged with assaulting federal officers with a deadly weapon, injuring property of the United States, and related firearms charges. The grand jury returned criminal charges against Ortega-Hernández for violating District of Columbia law as well. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Ortega-Hernández, if convicted on all charges is facing a possible prison term of life imprisonment.
According to the government’s evidence, on November 11, 2011, at about 9 p.m., the defendant, Ortega-Hernández drove his Honda Accord westbound in the 1600 block of Constitution Avenue NW. He stopped the vehicle just past the entrance to the Ellipse, and fired several rounds at the White House. No one was reported injured.
FBI investigators examined the building and located several confirmed bullet impact points on the south side of the building on or above the second story residence area. Several bullets and fragments also were collected in the area near the impact points, the FBI reported.

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