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Scientology Shooter Found Insane

March 21, 1998

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A man who shot four people at a Church of Scientology office and then set the building on fire could spend the rest of his life in a mental institution.

A judge on Friday found Jairus Chegero Godeka, 39, guilty except for insanity for the rampage on Sept. 25, 1996. The judge sentenced him to 120 years in custody, and state psychiatrists will have to determine whether Godeka is ever sane enough to be released.

Godeka entered the Scientology Celebrity Centre during a busy lunch hour and shot a pregnant woman who sat at a lobby desk, paralyzing her from the waist down. He also wounded three men.

Firefighters quickly put out the blaze, which did not cause serious damage.

State and defense psychiatrists agree that Godeka suffers from schizophrenia. For years, Godeka has heard voices and thought he is controlled by other people. He blamed his business problems on Scientology and was under a court order to stay away from the church.