White House Shooter Pleads Guilty, Faces at Least 10 Years in Prison

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    U.S. Park Police
    Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez

    An Idaho man is facing at least 10 years in prison after acknowledging that he shot an assault rifle at the White House two years ago.

    Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez pleaded guilty Wednesday to two of the 19 charges against him as a result of the November 2011 shooting. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors will drop the remaining charges. That includes the most serious charge he faced, attempting to assassinate the president, which carried a potential life sentence.

    No one was injured in the shooting, but it left a number of bullet marks on the executive mansion.

    Prosecutors say Ortega-Hernandez told acquaintances before the shooting that President Barack Obama was the Antichrist and "the devil" and that he needed to kill him.

    A judge set sentencing for January.