Highway Gunman Ruled Insane

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A second judge has found a Lansing man was legally insane and therefore not guilty for a July highway shooting spree in mid-Michigan.

Police say Daniel Freshney, 38, fired his shotgun at cars as he drove on U.S. 127 in Ingham and Clinton counties. One motorist was shot in the hand. Freshney was charged with six counts of attempted murder and could have received up to life in prison if convicted.

Police said Freshney said he believed the community was "under invasion" and he had to flee with his six-year-old son.

Clinton County Circuit Court Judge Randy Tahvonen in St. Johns issued an order Monday finding Freshney not guilty by reason of insanity. It mirrors an order issued last week by an Ingham County judge.

"None of us are surprised this is where it ended up," Clinton County Prosecutor Chuck Sherman said.

Freshney will return to the Forensic Center for Psychiatry in Ypsilanti for further evaluation.

Freshney's lawyers did not immediately return calls seeking comment Monday afternoon.