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Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 25, was formally charged in Washington on Tuesday.
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Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 25, was formally charged in Washington on Tuesday.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the man accused of trying to kill President Obama by firing up to a dozen shots at the White House in November, is now facing additional charges after being formally charged today in Washington.

A 5-page document charges him with 17 counts -- including attempting to assassinate the president, assault with a dangerous weapon, using a weapon during a crime of violence and doing damage to the White House of more than $1,000.

Ortega-Hernandez is from Idaho Falls, Idaho. In December, a judge ordered him detained without bond, calling him a "particularly dangerous individual."

Mr. Obama and and the First Lady were out of town on the evening of Nov. 11, when authorities say Ortega used an assault rifle to fire as many as a dozen shots at the White House. One bullet smashed into a window of the living quarters but was stopped by ballistic glass and no one was hurt.

A lawyer for Ortega-Hernandez said his client will be entering not guilty pleas to all the charges.

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