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Supporters Of Raulie Casteel Say He's Not A Terrorist

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HOWELL, Mich. (WLNS) - After several days of deliberating, the jury in the accused I-96 shooter trial in Livingston County handed down a guilty verdict on seven counts.

After the 23 shootings which led to Casteel's arrest in the fall of 2012, several counties sought charges against him. The case was eventually handed over to the state.

 

"It's just heartbreaking because it's so out of character for him. This is not the Raulie that we all knew," said Candy Hull, a long time friend of Casteel's. She says she remembers a much different person than the man who testified to the shootings. Hull told 6 News she doesn't seem a terrorist, as was deteremined by the jury, but a man deeply troubled who needs help that he won't find in prison.

However, during the trial, Casteel's attorneys were barred by the judge from using "mental illness" as a defense. Retired Circuit Court Judge and attorney at Fraser Trebilcock Peter Houk said he likely didn't meet the requirements to be considered insane.

"If you're claiming any form of mental illness--then you have to bring it under the defense of insanity," said Houk. "There are a lot of people who suffer from mental illness that certainly do not qualify for the defense of insanity."

Casteel was charged with one count of terrorism, a felony punishable by up to life in prison. He was also found guilty on 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.

Friends and family say they're still standing behind Casteel as he awaits his March 3 sentencing date.

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