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Raulie Casteel Sentenced To 18-40 Years

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HOWELL, Mich. (WLNS) - Raulie Casteel, the man who shot at two-dozen vehicles along multiple highways in Southeastern and Mid-Michigan has been sentenced to between 16 and 40 years on a terrorism conviction.

Casteel was found guilty of terrorism and felonious assault in January by a Livingston County jury.

In total Casteel was sentenced on seven counts, including a felony assault, a weapons charge, and three felony firearm convictions -each carries a minimum of two years. Those sentences are concurrent, so Casteel will only serve a combined two years maximum for those.

 Judge David Reader sealed the I-96 shooter's fate , and closed the book on one of Michigan's most high profile cases in recent memory.

"Whether the defendant was mentally ill or not, there's no difference to the civilian population that was affected. The measure of terrorism is on the part of that domestic population," said Reader. Casteel's attorneys made one last-effort plea to the judge, saying their client isn't a terrorist, he's a sick man who needs help.

"In a civilized society I believe we treat the sick and infirm with compassion the courts dole out justice but it has to be tempered with mercy to be just," said attorney David Mullkoff.

"I don't sympathize with him for a moment," said Jennifer Kupiec, one of Casteel's victims who appeared in court, and spoke and at a news conference following the sentencing.

Kupiec says Casteel's demons didn't justify his actions, and says she feels lucky to be alive today.

Kupiec says she believes Casteel was aware that he posed a lethal threat to his victims, despite his attorneys claim that mental illness and delusions prompted the shootings.      

"He was an intelligent man, I don't feel bad for him at all," said Kupiec, who added she does sympathize with his wife and young daughter.

"For three days Raulie Casteel terrorized Southeastern Michigan," said Attorney General Bill Schuette, "a message was sent that we're not going to condone shooting sprees, and terrorism,  and besieging, and intimidating, and coursing."

Schuette said today the state put a terrorist behind bars.

Casteel faces a minimum of 18 years in prison, and if his sentence is carried out in full, he will be 84 years old before he is once again a free man.

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