When reports of gunfire near the White House hit the wires last week, most news organizations worked off the assumption that the shots had nothing to do with the actual residents of the building. But after seeing bullets actually hit the residence and investigating further, police have now arrested a suspect, who is being charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez’s car was discovered with a Romanian Cugir SA semi-automatic assault riffle and boxes of ammunition in it, and witnesses state he referred to the president as “the Anti-Christ” and said he “needed to kill him.” Oretega-Hernadez was turned in by a hotel employee who saw him check in.
Legal analysts believe that the defense may try to use the fact that Obama was not in D.C. at the time of the attempt to try to get a lighter sentence. Attempted assassination of the president carries a lifetime prison sentence.
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