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Casteel Scheduled To Be Sentenced


HOWELL, MI. (WLNS) - The I-96 shooter found guilty of terrorism is scheduled to be sentenced Monday afternoon. Raulie Casteel is set to face a judge to learn his fate.

Casteel faces up to life in prison, and was found guilty on seven different counts, the biggest being terrorism. According to the State Attorney Generals office, his terrorism conviction is the first in state history. Among other charges include assault with a dangerous weapon, firing a weapon from a vehicle and other felony charges.

The charges stem from Casteel's action of shooting at cars along I-96 across four counties in October of 2012. He shot at more than 20 cars.

He was arrested a short time after the events but didn't go on trial in Livingston County until January.

The trial lasted two weeks and a judge ruled that Casteel's attorney would not be allowed to use "mental illness" as a defense for Casteel. Casteel admitted to shooting at more than two dozen cars, but he said he never intended to kill anyone.

After two days of deliberation, the jury handed down a sweeping guilty verdict, of all seven charges.

Casteel is already behind bars from a conviction in Oakland County. His sentencing here in Mid-Michigan is scheduled for 1:30 Monday afternoon.

6 News will be in the courtroom and will bring you the very latest as that sentence is handed down.

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