Idaho Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Rifle attack on White House

By Tom Bacon

An Idaho Falls man who fired at - and hit - the White House in 2011, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on terrorism and weapons offenses. For months before he drove 2,000 miles from Idaho to Washington D.C. 23-year old Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez had been telling acquaintances that he was on a mission from God to "take out" President Barack Obama.

He had theories about the federal government's use of GPS chips and fluoride to control Americans, he compared the president to the anti-Christ, he called for a revolution and praised Osama bin Laden.

In November 2011, after dark, Ortega-Hernandez stopped his car in the middle of the street in front of the White House, pointed his rifle out the window and fired at least eight shots. No one was hit, however, and the president was away at the time.

When he fled, he crashed his car nearby and took off on foot, but was arrested five days later in Pennsylvania after a widespread search.

In addition to serving his prison term, Ortega Hernandez was ordered to pay about 94-thousand dollars in restitution for damage to the White House.
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