I-96 Shooter Sentenced To 16-40 Years In Prison
Updated 3/3/14 15:45 – I-96 shooter Raulie Casteel has been sentenced to 16-40 years on a conviction for terrorism, 2.5 to 4 years for felonious assault, 3 to 5 years for carrying a weapon with unlawful intent, and 2 years for felony firearms. The latter charge will be served first. All charges will run consecutively there after. Livingston County Judge David Reader has also ordered Casteel to receive mental health during incarceration.
The man who has become known to many as the “highway shooter” will learn today whether he’ll spend the rest of his life behind bars. Sentencing for 44 year old Raulie Casteel is set for today in Livingston County. He was convicted by a jury of a number of charges in connection with the shooting rampage that occured in the fall of 2012, including the most serious of terrorism. He was not, though, convicted of assault with intent to commit murder, convincing the jury that the lone person injured in the attacks along the I-96 corridor was not an intended target.
Casteel is facing sentencing for the incidents that occured in Ingham, Livingston and Shiawassee Counties. Oakland County handled its own prosecution and Casteel was sentenced up to 12 years in those cases.
He took the stand in his own defense in the Livingston County trial admitting to the shootings but claiming he was delusional at the time. He testified that he believed he was being followed and had been targeted by the government and a former employer. He claimed as well, though, that he was now lucid and realized what he did was wrong and irrational asking for leniency from the court.