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Christopher Andreas pleads not guilty in Christmas Eve shooting


OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - A man waived his preliminary hearing in Winnebago County court Monday, after appearing on charges he shot his brother-in-law last Christmas Eve.

25-year-old Christopher Andreas is charged with 4 counts of recklessly endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon.

According to the criminal complaint, Andreas fired a gun into two Neenah homes. In one of those houses, his brother-in-law was shot and paralyzed. 

It's unclear at this point whether there will be a trial. That's because Andreas is claiming he is not guilty to the crime by reason of mental disease or defect. 

However, FOX 11 reports Andreas pleaded no contest to the facts of all four charges Monday afternoon. That means he acknowledges his responsibility for the shootings and waived his right to a trial purely based on the facts. 

The next step is for Andreas to undergo testing by two doctors to decide if he was in control of his mental capacity that day. So there could be a trial in the future to decide if he was legally mentally disabled at the time of the shootings.

Andreas has a history of mental illness and he currently takes medication for schizophrenia. He faces a maximum of 12-and-a-half years in prison or up to 50 years in a mental facility depending on the eventual outcome.