LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The competency of a man who allegedly planned to kidnap and sexually assault a Livingston County Official and workers at the Springwater Individual Residential Alternative Home in which they were staying is still up in the air after two reports.
According to Greg McCaffrey, Livingston County District Attorney, Matthew Bateman, 23, has had one evaluation state that he is competent for trial and another state that he is not competent for trial.
The court has now ordered a third study that will be used to determine whether or not he is competent for trial. If he is found not competent he will then go to a mental health facility until he is deemed competent and then return to court to face his charges of Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class B Felony.
If found guilty of the charges the judge could impose a maximum sentence of 25 years. Robert Bentley, 26, is also facing the same charges for failed attempt to kidnap and rape county and IRA employees.