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Travis Keiler gets insanity plea deal for Wittenberg hostage standoff

SHAWANO, WI (WTAQ) - A man accused of holding a McDonald's manager hostage in Wittenberg will find out August 26th where he'll serve a mental health commitment.

Travis Keiler of Gillett struck a plea deal Tuesday in Shawano County Circuit Court.

It found him not guilty by insanity on felony charges of taking hostages, and not complying with officers while in custody. Two misdemeanor counts were dropped.

Keiler surrendered after a two-hour-long standoff April 22nd at a combined McDonald's and Shell gas station off Highway 29.

Keiler told officers he had just quit a job, and was driving around with a stolen gun before stopping in Wittenberg. Officials earlier said that Keiler wanted to get into a confrontation with police, and he gave others a chance to leave before holding the manager hostage.

No one was hurt. For now, Keiler remains in jail under a $50,000 bond.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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