(WASHINGTON) — Oscar Ortega-Hernandez was indicted Tuesday for attempting to assassinate the president on Nov. 11, 2001.
“In addition to the attempted assassination charge, Ortega-Hernandez was charged with assaulting federal officers with a deadly weapon, injuring property of the United States, and related firearms charges,” the office of U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald C. Machen Jr. said Tuesday. “The grand jury returned criminal charges against Ortega-Hernandez for violating District of Columbia law as well.”
Although President Obama was not home at the time Ortega-Hernandez allegedly fired several rounds at the White House from the street, the suspect could receive a life sentence if he is convicted on the assassination charge.
No one was injured in the shootings.
Ortega-Hernandez was taken into custody five days after the incident.
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