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Accused White House Shooter Gets Until May to See Evidence

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the Idaho man accused of shooting at the White House, was given until May 11 to review the evidence that the government has assembled against him.

U.S. District Rosemary Collyer made the ruling today during a brief hearing in federal court in Washington, where Ortega-Hernandez appeared. His lawyer said the alleged gunman needs the extended time because of the volume of information the government was turning over.

Accused of attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama, Ortega-Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to 17 criminal charges including assaulting federal officers with a deadly weapon and firearm offenses.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, the charges carry a possible prison term of life imprisonment, according the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington.

Ortega-Hernandez is accused of firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House on Nov. 11 in an attempt to kill Obama. He was arrested at a hotel near Indiana, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 16.

Last month, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola in Washington ordered that Ortega-Hernandez remain in custody during the grand jury investigation because he was a potential flight risk and a danger to the community.

The case is U.S. v. Ortega-Hernandez, 12-00014, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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