BANGOR, Maine — It took three jail corrections officers Wednesday to get the man accused of firing shots in the air in a Bangor neighborhood on Patriots Day before a judge because of the man’s mental state.
Stewart Gramlich, 29, of Bangor is charged with reckless conduct with a firearm. He was arrested Monday after Bangor police responded to a report of a naked man shooting off a gun. No injuries resulting from the gunfire were reported.
He appeared before Superior Court Justice Ann Murray by video conference at the Penobscot Judicial Center but did not speak to her. Gramlich, his wrists handcuffed behind his back, was covered with a blanket because he refused to wear clothes. Bent over and struggling to free himself from the officers who held him, Gramlich grunted and groaned but did not respond to the judge’s questions.
Jail personnel told the judge that the mental health technician at the facility had determined that Gramlich was in a severe schizophrenic state. Steps were being taken to involuntarily commit him to a mental health facility where he could receive treatment, officers told the judge.
Murray asked personnel at the Penobscot County Jail to bring Gramlich from a holding cell before a video camera so she could see him on a screen in the courtroom to abide by the letter of the law.
The statute says that an arrestee has to be brought before a judge within 48 hours of arrest, excluding weekends and holidays, or be released, she said.
Brendan Trainor, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, unsuccessfully argued that Gramlich’s first appearance should have been continued until Friday because of the defendant’s mental state.
Gramlich also was unable to be informed of his legal rights, Bangor attorney Dennis Hamrick, who acted as the lawyer-of-the-day Wednesday, told Murray.
Trainor said after Gramlich’s appearance that the defendant did not make statements about the alleged crime to Bangor police officers, according to reports the prosecutor has received.
Murray set bail Wednesday at $2,500 cash with the condition that Gramlich undergo a psychological evaluation within 24 hours of his release and that he not possess firearms.
The judge also appointed Bangor attorney Logan Perkins to represent Gramlich.
If convicted, Gramlich faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.