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White House Shooter Pleads Guilty, Faces 27 Years In Prison

An Idaho man accused of firing shots at the White House two years ago has pleaded guilty.

Oscar R. Ortega-Hernandez, 22, fired eight shots into the second and third floors of the White House in November 2011, though no one was injured. Neither President Obama nor First Lady Michelle Obama were home at the time of the shooting, which left five bullet holes on the outside of the Executive Residence.

Ortega-Hernandez was arrested a few days later in Pennsylvania, and investigators said that the shooting had been motivated by his hatred of President Obama.

At a hearing on Wednesday, Ortega-Hernandez opted to plead guilty instead of facing trial on charges including an attempted assassination of the president, and now faces just over 27 years in prison.

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