Judge Find Man Who Shot Amtrak Conductor Had Intended to Kill Him

An Illinois judge has determined that an 80-year-old Wisconsin man was trying to kill an Amtrak conductor last May during a station stop at Naperville, Illinois.

As a result Edward Klein faces confinement in a mental health facility. In an earlier court hearing, Klein had been found unfit to stand trial.

But DuPage County Judge Jeffrey MacKay ruled that Klein was “not not guilty” and “not acquitted” of the multiple charges against him despite being found unfit to stand trial.

MacKay said that prosecutors have proven the charges against Klein beyond a reasonable doubt.

Klein was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Amtrak conductor Michael Case, who had prevented Klein from disembarking from the eastbound Southwest Chief at Naperville.

Klein was ticketed to travel to Milwaukee, which is near his West Allis, Wisconsin, home.

Amtrak personnel had become concerned about Klein’s behavior during the trip from Kansas City and had been keeping a watch on him.

MacKay found that Klein knew he was doing wrong and intended to kill Case after becoming angry that the conductor would not let him get off in Naperville.

Case had testified at an earlier hearing that he was aware of a plan to escort Klein at Chicago Union Station and get him home safely to Wisconsin. He therefore closed and locked the doors to the car where Klein was located.

Case, who was shot in the abdomen as he assisted other passengers, described Klein as “enraged and belligerent.” He also said Klein was disoriented and frustrated because the crew refused his demand to get off the train in Naperville.

Evidence introduced in court proceedings show that doctors have diagnosed Klein as having an impaired cognition disorder and dementia. He is reportedly suffering from a major neuro-cognitive disorder.

During a court hearing last week, Klein appeared to spend much of the time staring up at the lights while occasionally shaking his head.

Klein has been held on $1.5 million bail after being charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count each of aggravated battery, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Police said Klein reached out an open window and fired at Case with a .38 caliber revolver.

Case was hospitalized for six weeks while recovering from his injuries.

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