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Mental health evaluation ordered for former Remington Arms employee

GERMAN FLATTS, N.Y.-- A mental health evaluation has been ordered for the former Remington Arms employee accused of falsely reporting an incident last Thursday.

Posted: May 7, 2018 6:54 PM

GERMAN FLATTS, N.Y.-- A mental health evaluation has been ordered for the former Remington Arms employee accused of falsely reporting an incident last Thursday.

Matthew Spaman was charged with falsely reporting an incident, a felony, after Facebook posts on his page read in part, "With a LIVE BOMB in my vehicle, and a countdown in place or the return or destruction of my vehicle due to being in the possession of terrorists and treasonists to God and Country at Remington Arms in Ilion, NY".

On Monday, Spaman was scheduled to appear for a felony hearing in German Flatts town court at 2:00 p.m., but it was adjourned without a new date set.

Instead, Spaman appeared in court at 3:30 p.m. with his defense attorney, Audrey Dunning. 

Dunning filed a 730 motion to request two separate exams from two different licensed mental health practitioners. That motion was granted by the judge and a new court date was set for June 4 at 3:30 p.m.

The evaluations will determine if Spaman can reasonably understand the charges against him and if he has the ability to clearly communicate with his attorney.

If the two evaluations find Spaman unfit to stand trial, charges could be dropped, or Spaman could be subject to civil or psychiatric confinement.

If the two evaluations find Spaman fit to stand trial, the criminal case will proceed unless a judge grants Spaman a hearing and rules he cannot contribute to his own defense.

If the two evaluations result in different conclusions on Spaman's mental fitness, there will be a hearing and the judge will determine how to proceed.

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