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Highway shooter Raulie Casteel sentenced in Livingston County

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LIVINGSTON COUNTY (WJRT) -

(03/03/14) - Convicted highway shooter Raulie Casteel has been sentenced to spend 18-40 years in prison in his Livingston County case.

"Raulie Casteel committed calculated acts of violence that terrorized our state, and today the victims of his shooting spree received justice," says Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Schuette's office prosecuted this part - the first ever terrorism charge issued by the Michigan Department of Attorney General.

The October 2012 shootings took place along Interstate 96 and connecting roads in four counties - Oakland, Livingston, Shiawassee, and Ingham.

A multi-jurisdictional task force was formed to investigate the incidents.

Casteel, now 44, was convicted, in late January, on terrorism, assault and weapons charges in Livingston County.

Casteel claimed mental illness pointing to delusions and anxiety. He did not make a statement in court, Monday.

Victim Lori Ann Arthur, of DeWitt, did.

"I made sure that I told him I forgive him," Arthur saud. "I do and I know he needs help and I hope he gets that."

Livingston County Circuit Court Judge David Reader also ordered Casteel to get mental health treatment in prison.

Jennifer Kupiec, whose car was struck too, shared her story during a news conference after the hearing.

Kupiec says she'd been traveling 85 mph down I-96.

"I was speeding," she says, which got a laugh from the crowd and police. "Had I not been, I wouldn't be here today."

Kupiec says she was headed to East Lansing to meet a friend when she was hit. She says she heard a boom and smelled burning.

"Imagine seeing a round bullet hole, clear through the back of your car door just inches, just inches from where your body was seated," she says.

"Some people had children in their cars," Schuette said. "It's a miracle no child was killed."

Investigators allege Casteel fired at 23 moving motorists. A news release from Schuette's office says no one was physically injured during the shooting spree.

He has already been sentenced to spend more than six in prison for separate proceedings and charges in Oakland County. The sentences run concurrently.

Casteel's sentence, in Oakland County, was part of a plea deal with prosecutors in which Casteel was allowed to plead no contest, but mentally ill, to counts of assault with intent to cause great bodily harm less than murder. 

Defense attorney Doug Mullkoff says the terrorism charge, for his client, is misapplication of poorly written law.

After the hearing, Casteel's mother reiterated he never intended to hurt anyone.

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