Freeway shooter sentenced to up to 40 years

Defense attorneys Charles Groh, center, and Douglas Mullkoff, right, speak to Raulie Wayne Casteel following the jury’s guilty verdict, Jan. 29, 2014 in Howell, Mich. (AP Photo/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, Lisa Roose-Church)
Defense attorneys Charles Groh, center, and Douglas Mullkoff, right, speak to Raulie Wayne Casteel following the jury’s guilty verdict, Jan. 29, 2014 in Howell, Mich. (AP Photo/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, Lisa Roose-Church)

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A man who shot at two-dozen vehicles along a southeastern Michigan highway corridor has been sentenced to 16 to 40 years on a terrorism conviction.

Raulie Casteel learned his fate Monday in Livingston County Circuit Court in Howell. The 44-year-old geologist from Wixom already is serving a sentence of more than 6 years in a related case in Oakland County.

Casteel was found guilty of terrorism in January by a Livingston County jury. It rejected his claim that the shootings were the impulsive result of uncontrolled delusions and paranoia.

The October 2012 shootings took place along Interstate 96 and connecting roads in four counties. No one was hurt, but the hunt dominated headlines for days, causing travelers to change their habits and forcing schools to keep children inside for recess.

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