An Idaho man arrested in connection with a White House shooting incident will be charged with trying to assassinate President Barack Obama or a member of his staff, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.
The announcement came at the first federal court hearing for Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, who allegedly was involved in a shooting last Friday that may be responsible for two bullets found at the White House.
One bullet hit a window and was stopped by bulletproof glass, and another was found on the White House exterior, the Secret Service said. Both bullets were found Tuesday.
Ortega-Hernandez will be charged with attempted assassination, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jimmy Kitchen. The charge carries a possible maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
At the brief hearing, Ortega-Hernandez spoke once, answering “yes, ma’am” when Magistrate Cynthia Eddy asked if he understood what his federal defender had said on his behalf.
Eddy agreed with a prosecution request for Ortega-Hernandez to remain in custody. Ortega-Hernandez agreed to be extradited to Washington, D.C., and the federal defender, Christopher Brown, said the defendant reserved his right for a detention and preliminary hearing after the transfer.
The government agreed not to formally indict Ortega-Hernandez until after his transfer, Brown said. It was not immediately clear when the transfer would occur, but it was expected in coming days.
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