A 55-year-old Minocqua man accused of pointing a gun at the head of a process server pleaded not guilty to the charges against him in Oneida County Circuit Court Friday.
The attorney for Keith Schultz, public defender John Voorhees, said he is still looking into a possible plea of not guilty by reason of mental defect for his client. The court agreed to leave that option open. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 10.
Schultz is facing charges of intentionally pointing a firearm at a person, a misdemeanor, and second degree recklessly endangering safety, which is a felony. Schultz was arrested in April after a process server came to his Minocqua home to deliver foreclosure papers. According to the criminal complaint, the process server told police that Schultz confirmed his identity, and appeared calm, but then reached behind his front door, pulled out a long gun and pointed it at her head.
"You need to get off my property or I will shoot you," Schultz said, according to the process server.
The woman said she immediately left Schultz's home and called police.
Schultz left the residence but was apprehended two days later after a Minocqua Police Officer spotted his vehicle.
Schultz was initially found not competent enough for criminal proceedings. After he spent some time at the Mendota Mental Health Institute, he was deemed competent in September and the case continued.
Voorhees said Friday he's still not confident about his client's competency but that, at this time, he doesn't have enough information for a not guilty by reason of mental defect plea.
"It would be premature to enter it without further support," Voorhees said.
Voorhees said that issue should be figured out by the pretrial date.
The reckless endangerment charge against Schultz carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Intentionally pointing a firearm at another person is a misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of nine months in jail.
He remains in custody on a $50,000 cash bond.
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