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The case of the "Autobahn Sniper" had baffled police until last year

The case of the "Autobahn Sniper" had baffled police until last year

The case of the "Autobahn Sniper" had baffled police until last year

A court in Germany has sentenced a trucker to over 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" had baffled police until last year, when they placed vehicle number plate scanners along the road and compared all vehicles that passed with the times of the shootings.

The 58-year-old man was found guilty of four counts of attempted murder, grievous bodily harm and dangerous interference with traffic, and he was jailed for 10 and a half years.

German news agency dpa reported that he admitted the shootings but claimed he did not aim to hurt anybody. T he regional court in Wuerzburg did not publish his name, in line with German privacy rules.