The Associated Press is reporting that Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to the 2011 shooting at where bullets hit the White House causing some $100,000 in damage while claiming he wanted to “take out” President Obama.
Ortega-Hernandez’s lawyers said he was mentally ill at the time of the shooting and had a delusional belief that Armageddon was coming.
Ortega-Hernandez then traveled more than 2,000 miles to Washington, D.C., armed with his rifle and ammunition.
On Nov. 11, 2011, at approximately 8:50 p.m., he drove southbound on 15th Street Northwest and made a right turn onto Constitution Avenue Northwest. Shortly after passing the entrance to the Ellipse, he stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road. With the passenger-side window of his car lowered, he pointed his assault rifle out the passenger-side window of the car and aimed directly at the White House. He fired at least eight rounds at the White House.
Ortega-Hernandez then fled the scene, and crashed in front of the United States Institute of Peace. He fled the scene on foot. Law enforcement subsequently launched a massive search and arrested him five days later in Indiana, Pa.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ordered that Ortega-Hernandez pay approximately $94,000 in restitution for damage caused to the White House.
“This 25-year prison sentence demonstrates that anyone who comes to the nation’s capital planning to use violence should expect to spend decades behind bars,” Machen said.