WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawyers for an Idaho man who has pleaded guilty to firing an assault rifle at the White House in 2011 don't want a "terrorism enhancement" to apply to his case.
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez' lawyers wrote in court filings Monday that the application of a "terrorism enhancement" to him is unconstitutional, though he accepted it as part of his guilty plea in September. They also asked that he be allowed to speak with the judge privately.
Federal sentencing guidelines recommend Ortega-Hernandez spend between 24 and 27 1/2 years behind bars. His lawyers, however, compared his case to that of Joseph Reel who was recently sentenced to nearly three years for rigging his Jeep to crash into a White House Secret Service guard booth.
Ortega-Hernandez is scheduled to be sentenced March 19.