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Casteel Found Guilty, Facing Life In Prison


HOWELL, Mich. (WLNS) – A jury has found Raulie Casteel guilty on several charges after shooting at two dozen cars on I-96 back in 2012.

Casteel was charged with one count of terrorism, a felony punishable by up to life in prison. He also faces one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of dangerous weapons, one count of discharging a firearm from a vehicle and three counts of weapons. He was originally charged with assault with intent to murder, but the jury reduced the charge.

"Raulie Casteel committed acts of violence that terrorized our state in unimaginable ways, and today the victims of his shooting spree received justice," said Attorney Bill Schuette in a press release. "Schools changed bus routes, commuters took back roads to and from work, and sports fans feared traveling to weekend games."

The jury took two hours Wednesday morning to review Casteel's testimony prior to deliberating.

In court Tuesday, the judge ruled Casteel's attorneys would not be allowed to use mental illness as a defense for Casteel.

He took the stand in his own defense Monday, admitting to shooting at vehicles in the fall of 2012, but said he never intended to kill anyone. Casteel also told the court he suffers from mental illness and paranoia.

He's due back in court for sentencing on March 3.

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