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Man found not guilty by reason of insanity in ATM shooting

Israel in court Monday. (FOX19 NOW) Israel in court Monday. (FOX19 NOW)
ROSELAWN, OH (FOX19) -

The man accused of shooting an ATM technician in broad daylight has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Police said Yonah Israel, 36, shot Daniel Muscarella, 54, at a PNC Bank free-standing ATM in October 2014. Muscarella was servicing the machine when Israel approached him and started an argument.

Israel's attorneys argued that the suspect believed Muscarella was tainting money with the Ebola virus. For months after the shooting, Israel remained delusional and believed he was a hero for stopping the spread of Ebola, Judge Nadine Allen said in court Monday.

“I have to agree that at the time the defendant did suffer from a severe mental disease that, at the time the charges occurred, prevented him from understanding the wrongfulness of his behavior,” said Judge Allen. 

After the ruling was issued, Linda Muscarella spoke directly to Israel, saying she has been praying for him since the murder of her husband.

"There will come a day when you will stand before the lord. I hope you can go to him and be received by him," she said in court. "But in order to do that, you need to confess your sins to him and turn to him. And he will receive you.”

Mrs. Muscarella also thanked the judge and prosecutor for presiding over the case.

Israel’s murder trial was delayed last year while he underwent mental treatment and evaluation. 

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