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Update: Casteel Gets 18-40 Years for Terrorism, Other Charges

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Update: Casteel Gets 18-40 Years for Terrorism, Other Charges

By FOX 47 News . CREATED Mar 3, 2014 - UPDATED: Mar 4, 2014

Despite one last plea to consider mental illness in his sentence, Raulie Casteel is doing time for his crimes. 18-40 years for terrorism, assault and weapons charges.

Casteel was emotionless during his sentencing, unlike his victims who had one last opportunity to speak to him beforehand.

"Mr. Casteel, what you are is a criminal," said one. "Most of all, I need you to know that I forgive you," said another.

In October 2012, Casteel shot at 23 vehicles along I-96, M52 and several other roadways. Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth hopes his 18-40 sentence ends up closer to 40.

"Look what he did to the community," he said. "When you talk about people afraid to drive their kids to school, they're afraid to go to an MSU football game, a Tiger game. I mean he really did terrorize community."

It's the first terrorism charge issued by the State Attorney General, a charge Attorney General Bill Schuette reaffirmed after the sentencing.

"His actions, Raulie Casteel, fit the statute on the Michigan books like a glove and so we decided that this was a terrorist activity," he said.

As for victims, like Jennifer Kubiak, now it's a waiting game to see if that terror will return.

"I definitely feel better now, but if he does get out one day, I'll definitely think about if he'll come find me or any other victims," she said.

While in prison, the judge also recommended Casteel receive mental health treatment.

 


According to reports, 44-year-old, Raulie Casteel has been sentenced to 16 to 40 years of prison for terrorism. The shootings took place in October 2012 along I-96 and connecting roads in four other counties. No one was seriously hurt. 

Casteel will learn his fate Monday in Livingston County Circuit Court in Howell. He is already serving a sentence of more than 6 years in a related case in Oakland County.

Casteel told jurors in a previous trial that he was consumed with anxiety while in traffic, which led to the act of terrorism. 

Stay with FOX 47 News as further updates become available.