Public Safety

Mental evaluation ordered for man convicted of having bomb-making materials

Hearing to revoke probation on hold

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Fayette man, convicted of having bombs in his home, must undergo a mental and competency evaluation before a judge makes the decision to revoke his probation.

Trevor J. Satrom, 35, of Oran, was ordered to stay in jail pending his revocation hearing set for Wednesday but U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams said during the hearing that after reviewing the transcript from Satrom’s detention hearing and other reports he thought Satrom may be suffering from a mental defect that prevents him from understanding the proceedings.

Williams said Satrom also has asked to represent himself at the revocation hearing, so he would have to ensure that the defendant is competent before granting that request.

Les Stokke, Satrom’s lawyer, told the judge that Satrom has refused to talk to him, so he can’t give any input or make a request of where to send Satrom for the evaluation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Morfitt asked that Satrom remain in custody and have the evaluation conducted by the Bureau of Prisons psychiatrist or psychologist.

Williams said he would have Satrom evaluated at a BOP facility, which has many professionals to handle a mental and competent evaluation. The evaluation process usually takes 30 to 90 days. If found incompetent, the bureau also has professionals to restore his competency, he added.           

Last week during a hearing, a federal probation officer testified Satrom had been evicted from his rental home in July because he hadn’t paid his rent and wouldn’t allow the landlord on the property. He also failed to comply with mental health treatment, comply with the probation officer and to find stable residency.

Satrom had been temporarily staying at a campground area and sleeping in his van until he could find a place to live. Satrom, as a veteran, receives $2,100 a month and is on full disability for his mental health issues resulting from his time in military service, but said he couldn’t pay rent because he had other bills.

The probation official also stopped taking his medication for anxiety and schizophrenia, which is a special condition of his five year probation sentence.

Satrom was convicted last year of one count of possession of a National Firearms Act device not registered to him. He admitted to having three pipe bombs and a pressure cooker bomb on Feb. 10, 2016, in his Fayette County home.

In 2016, authorities recovered from his home more than 30 pounds of black gunpowder, steel pipes threaded with drilled endcaps, two pressure cookers, a fuse, BBs, shredded metal for shrapnel, a flamethrower capable of unleashing a 50-foot flame, napalm mix for the flamethrower, body armor, several guns, rifles and smoke grenades, a criminal complaint shows.

The materials he possessed were similar to those used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, according to court documents.

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