January 24

Maine man charged with rampage says he was insane

Michael Callahan is charged with attempted murder and arson.

The Associated Press

AUBURN – A Minot man accused of going on a rampage in which he torched his own home as well as his estranged wife’s home before getting involved in a high-speed chase with police has pleaded not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.

A lawyer for 45-year-old Michael Callahan said Thursday his client was taking more than a dozen prescribed medications for his deteriorating physical health due to multiple sclerosis, depression, anxiety and paranoia about his failing marriage at the time of the rampage last May.

The Sun Journal reports that Callahan is facing charges including attempted murder and three counts of arson.

Prosecutors say as well as burning the homes, Callahan was involved in a high-speed chase with police and even tried to run down a deputy at one point.

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