Oct 30, 2014 6:58 AM

German 'Autobahn sniper' sentenced to 10 years

The Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) A court in Germany has sentenced a trucker to 10 years in prison for shooting at fellow drivers more than 700 times over a five-year period.

In one incident a female driver was hit in the neck by a ricochet but survived.

The case of the 'Autobahn sniper' baffled police until last year, when they placed license plate scanners along the highway and compared all vehicles that passed with the times of the shootings.

The 58-year-old man was found guilty Thursday of four counts of attempted murder, grievous bodily harm and dangerous interference with traffic. German news agency dpa reported he admitted the shootings but claimed not to have wanted to hurt anybody.

The regional court in Wuerzburg didn't publish the man's name, in line with German privacy rules.


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