White House Shooter Riled About Pot Law: Prosecutors

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez practiced for 6 months: new document

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 2, 2013 12:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – Prosecutors believe Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, who was arrested after allegedly shooting the White House in 2011, may have been motivated by his unhappiness with US marijuana policy, the AP reports. The Idaho 22-year-old "expressed anger toward the government regarding the continued criminalization of marijuana," they say in a newly filed court document. He wanted "to punish and kill the president, who he believed was the head of a government that was oppressing its citizens in various ways," they add.

They also say Ortega-Hernandez practiced firing the assault rifle used in the attack at a "desolate crater" near his Idaho home for six months, shooting at things like a VCR, a stereo speaker and amplifier, and an empty ammo case, according to a witness. Ortega-Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to attempted assassination and other charges, and is awaiting trial.

This image provided by the US Park Police shows an undated image of Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez.
This image provided by the US Park Police shows an undated image of Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez.   (AP Photo/US Park Police)
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