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Shooter at IL Capitol ruled insane

William Wozniak was killed in the shooting (photo from Ill. Secretary of State)


Springfield, Ill. – The man who shot and killed a guard at the Illinois Capitol building in 2004 has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

A psychiatrist who examined Derek Potts said Potts, 25, suffered under the delusion that he was being controlled by shadowy entities in eastern Europe.

A judge Wednesday found Potts was responsible for killing the William Wozniak, but the judge also agreed with the psychiatrists' conclusion that mental illness prevented Potts from understanding the crime.

The shooting happened in September, 2004. Wozniak, 51, had been a Capitol security guard for 18 years.

Potts will continue to be held in a state mental-health facility.


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