WASHINGTON — A lawyer for an Idaho man charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama by shooting an assault rifle at the White House told a judge they are working on a possible plea deal.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez is scheduled to be tried later this month for the 2011 shooting. It didn’t injure anyone but left more than five bullet marks on the executive mansion. On Friday, one of Ortega-Hernandez’s lawyers told a judge in Washington that he was “extremely hopeful” about resolving the case before trial.
A prosecutor assigned to the case, however, said there was still a “gulf” between the parties.
Ortega-Hernandez previously rejected a plea deal.
Prosecutors say Ortega-Hernandez told acquaintances before the shooting that Obama was the Antichrist and “the devil” and he “needed to kill him.”
Ortega-Hernandez was arrested in November 2011 at the Hampton Inn along Indian Springs Road in White Township.