A Cornville man who was sent to the Riverview Psychiatric Center in November after he was deemed incompetent to stand trial on terrorizing charges is back in custody after police say he failed to show up for a doctor’s appointment Wednesday at the Augusta hospital.

James L. Mayo, 45, was arrested Wednesday morning in Cornville on a probation violation for missing the appointment earlier in the day, Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said. Mayo is being held without bail at the Somerset County Jail, according to the jail’s online booking log.

Lancaster said Mayo was released from the psychiatric hospital last week, and when the probation office was notified that he missed the appointment, they determined he had violated the conditions of his release from the hospital and had him arrested.

“He was supposed to have a follow-up appointment, but he didn’t make that appointment,” Lancaster said.

Lancaster said he didn’t know why Mayo had been released.

Mayo, who terrorized and threatened area residents off and on for more than five years, was remanded to the custody of the commissioner of the state Department of Health and Human Services in November in an agreement with county prosecutors and his court-appointed lawyer, Philip Mohlar of Skowhegan.


The ruling by District Court Judge Andrew Benson came following a psychological evaluation by the State Forensics Services on Oct. 29 and discussions with the mental health worker at the Somerset County Jail in East Madison, where Mayo has been since early October.

The ruling means that Mayo lacked the necessary skills to defend himself in a court of law and would remain at the psychiatric center until he is deemed fit to face criminal charges, Mohlar said at the time.

Mohlar could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Mayo’s most recent run-in with authorities came the weekend of Oct. 3-4 when he was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a family of three in Skowhegan and to shoot police if they were called. He was arrested a second time that weekend for breaking bail conditions by drinking alcohol, police said.

He was also arrested on charges of criminal threatening and terrorizing after police were sent to a disturbance on East Ridge Road.

Mayo was arrested on similar terrorizing charges in 2013 after threatening people at the Cornville Regional Charter School. He was arrested after that incident on charges of terrorizing, criminal threatening, criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest or detention on two counts and violation of probation.


In January 2013, he was convicted of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon in Cornville and terrorizing in Skowhegan.

In 2011, he was convicted of terrorizing in February and again in September in Skowhegan, two counts of criminal mischief in May in Madison and harassment by telephone in May in Fairfield.

He also was convicted of assault, disorderly conduct and violating a condition of release in 2006 in Madison.

Lancaster said jail authorities will assess Mayo’s options through a classification program that involves mental health coordinators and program supervisors to assure Mayo’s needs are met.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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