21-Year-Old Charged With Trying to Assassinate Obama

The Associated Press reports that the young man alleged to have fired shots at the White House and arrested yesterday in Pennsylvania has now been charged with trying to assassinate the president:

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An Idaho man accused of firing two shots at the White House last week has been charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama or his staff.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, made his first court appearance before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh on Thursday, one day after he was arrested at a western Pennsylvania hotel. He will be taken back from a federal court in Pittsburgh to face the charges in Washington, D.C.

Ortega will remain in federal custody at least until a magistrate in Washington can determine if he should remain jailed until his trial on the charge, which carries up to life in prison.

For the full story, read the AP report.

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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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