Would-be rapper not guilty by reason of insanity

7:57 PM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A mentally ill Kent County man who stole a school bus last Thanksgiving and drove to Detroit to become a rap star was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Josiah Daniel Curtis appeared in Kent County Circuit Court today for trial on several felony charges, including malicious destruction of property over $20,000 and vehicle theft.

Kent County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Leiber accepted the insanity plea, and Curtis will now be evaluated at the state Center for Forensic Psychiatry. Curtis, 26, was returned to Kent County Jail pending evaluation and placement.

Curtis broke into a school bus yard in Wyoming and caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to several buses used by William C. Abney Academy. He then headed out in one of the buses and drove towards Detroit. Curtis made it to Ann Arbor before being pulled over on Int. 94 for erratic driving.

Curtis told Washtenaw County Sheriff's deputies he wanted to record rap music in Detroit and become a star. He also told deputies the bus was his.

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