Man accused in screwdriver attack was on probation

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Rochester Hills — A man accused of participating in a November attack in which a victim was stabbed 12 times with a screwdriver pleaded guilty Thursday to a probation violation.

Colin Feeney of Oakland Township and co-defendent Michael Latimer of Pontiac, both 20, were in Rochester Hills 52-3 District Court for a probable cause hearing for the Nov. 17 stabbing and armed robbery on Lyndon Court.

Judge Lisa Asadoorian set a Dec. 10 preliminary examination date for the pair, charged with assault with intent to murder and armed robbery along with two Oxford Township sisters, aged 13 and 16. Feeney earlier pleaded not guilty to the stabbing incident.

After that hearing, Asadoorian accepted Feeney’s plea in the probation violation for a 2014 marijuana possession conviction, specifically for failing to report for drug testing as ordered and being charged with his current felony offenses.

“I just want to get jail time over and look forward to the future and doing better,” Feeney told Asadoorian on Thursday.

Asadoorian, who had the option of sentencing Feeney to a maximum of one year in jail for violating conditions of his probation, cautioned him Thursday about making any statements concerning the Nov. 17 incident which is still pending prosecution. The pending felony offenses are punishable of up to life in prison.

“I can’t emphasize enough that marijuana was not involved in the case in any way,” Feeney’s attorney, Allen Wolf, told Asadoorian, who gave Feeney credit for 62 days spent in jail.

The victim, who has since recovered from his injuries, was in court Thursday but declined to comment. He sat in a front row staring at the two men he has identified as part of a group which knocked him to the ground and repeatedly stabbed him.

In earlier court hearings, investigators said Feeney, Latimer and the sisters were allegedly breaking into vehicles about 4:30 a.m. last month when they encountered a 58-year-old man leaving his Oakland Township home to go to work. The man apparently frightened them off but the group then promptly returned and for unknown reasons, allegedly attacked the victim.

It is unclear what roles the four played in the incident, including who held the man down on the ground as he was stabbed in the stomach and back, puncturing a lung.

The man told investigators that at least one of the men said “it’s a good day to die” during the attack.

The two girls have been charged in juvenile court and are being held without bond in Oakland County Children’s Village pending hearings later this month and in January, including whether the 16-year-old will go to trial and possibly face charges as an adult, including potential penalties as either a juvenile or adult, or a blended sentence. A designation hearing before Judge Lisa Langton to determine the next step in the teenager’s prosecution was adjourned Thursday to Jan. 19.

The 16-year-old was on probation for a March 2015 incident in which she was arrested after midnight driving a vehicle erratically in Auburn Hills. During that arrest, the girl, who was 15 years old and didn’t have a driver’s license, was found with a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 — nearly double that which a licensed motorist of legal drinking age is considered intoxicated under state law.

The car belonged to the mother of one of the girl’s friends and the girl said she took off with it after drinking vodka and beer at a party. When asked who gave her permission to drive the car the girl told police: “I gave my own self permission,” according to court record.

Feeney and Latimer have received multiple driving convictions. Latimer, who has 20 driving offenses including several incidents of driving without a license, has also been convicted of possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

The 13-year-old, who investigators believe may have also been the group’s getaway driver, is scheduled for a Dec. 29 pretrial hearing before Judge Elizabeth Pezzetti.

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