The second defendant in a 2011 assault that left a Wenatchee man with brain injuries was found not competent to stand trial Thursday.
Isaac S. Sprauer, 30, of Malaga, will be confined for 90 days to Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake, where psychologists will try to stabilize his mental state for a future hearing. He's charged with first-degree assault for allegedly kicking Keith R. Booze, 31, of Wenatchee, in the head, in partnership with former co-defendant Devin A. Wood, 28.
At a Chelan County Superior Court hearing Thursday, defense psychologist Roy Mark Mays of Spokane testified that Sprauer suffered from delusional psychosis. Daniel J. Lord-Flynn, a psychologist at Eastern State where Sprauer has been intermittently housed since his arrest, testified that Sprauer was "malingering," or presenting false or exaggerated delusional behavior.
Judge John Bridges found that evidence going back to 2008, when Sprauer's competency was questioned while facing federal charges of possessing firearm ammunition, showed him incompetent to assist in his own defense.
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Witnesses in Sprauer's federal competency hearing testified he'd exhibited paranoia and delusional behavior since his teen years, including acts of domestic violence against his family. In 2008, he told his court-appointed psychologist he owned three Middle Eastern countries.
Sprauer was diagnosed him with bipolar disorder, and ultimately judged competent and sentenced to 51 months in federal prison. Since his arrest, Sprauer has claimed to own a 215-acre Texas ranch and other properties.