Bortolameolli found not competent
CRYSTAL FALLS — A Caspian man accused of stabbing another man with a screwdriver at Holiday Stationstore in Iron River in October has been found not competent by a forensic examiner.
Ian Louis Bortolameolli, 35, will now be transferred from the Iron County Correctional Facility to a state of Michigan Forensic Psychiatric Center for treatment and care after he was deemed “not competent at this time” by Iron County Judge Donald S. Powell in a hearing in Iron County Trial Court on Jan. 20.
Powell based his ruling on the report turned in by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Center for Forensic Psychology. The licensed psychologist met with Bortolameolli in Marquette and the report sent was dated Jan. 8.
Bortolameolli is facing charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder (10-year felony), assault with a dangerous weapon (four-year felony) and aggravated assault (a one-year misdemeanor).
Bortolameolli appeared at the competency hearing via Polycom from the Iron County Correctional Facility. He adamantly disagreed with the evaluator’s assessment.
“You know that I am fully competent so I’m asking for a second opinion,” Bortolmeolli said. “Someone more trusting, something less set up.
“It’s extremely inaccurate ....”
During her client’s rebuttals, defense attorney Abbey Anderson cautioned Bortolameolli against making statements that could be used against him. Powell reiterated the advice to Bortolameolli, who nonetheless kept voicing his frustrations.
“I’m not worried about it,” Bortolameolli responded.
“I do believe, Ian, that there is a substantial likelihood that after some treatment, you’re going to be doing fine and you’ll be able to participate,” Powell said.
“Don’t give me any (expletive) treatment,” Bortolameolli answered. “Sir, this charade has to end at some point. I know you’re in on it, my brother gave me a warning. You guys had this planned a very long time again. He gave me a heads-up. Stop, please.”
At the time of the incident, the Iron River Police Department said in a press release that the victim was stabbed in the abdomen several times and received a puncture wound and laceration to his face. The wounds were reported as superficial.
The IRPD added that the attack appeared to be random at the time of the arrest and that the victim did not know his attacker.