SKOWHEGAN — James L. Mayo, the Cornville man who in November was sent to the Riverview Psychiatric Center after he was deemed incompetent to stand trial on terrorizing charges, remained held without bail Friday at the Somerset County Jail while state corrections officials work to find him a place to live in the community.

Mayo was found competent to face the felony terrorizing charge in June after months of treatment at Riverview. He pleaded guilty to the charge June 29. He was sentenced to serve two years in prison, with all but eight months and 25 days suspended. He was released the same day — June 29 — already having served the eight months and 25 days in both the county jail and at Riverview, his court-appointed lawyer Phil Mohlar said Friday.

Mayo, 45, is no longer a patient at Riverview, Mohlar said. He is serving two years of probation as part of the terrorizing plea.

“He’s just like any other defendant at the moment,” Mohlar said. “He pled and his time was served. He’d come around, showing a lot of improvement with treatment at Riverview and was deemed competent on June 29. “When he’s on his meds, he’s fine.” He has been ordered by the court to maintain his medication plan as part of his probation.

Mayo was arrested July 6 after he allegedly failed to show up at Riverview for a scheduled doctor’s appointment after his release from the hospital and for allegedly failing to meet with a probation officer within 48 hours of his release.

He was out on probation July 6 when the doctor’s appointment was missed, but when state corrections officials saw the conditions he was living in, they asked that his probation be revoked until satisfactory living conditions could be established.


In documents filed in court in Skowhegan, it was noted that after Mayo’s release from Riverview, he was living with his mother in Cornville in a small room with no bed. He was sleeping on the floor, according to the court files. The recommendation is that Mayo be held without bail until “adequate housing, medical, mental health and pharmaceutical services can be established.”

“Without a proper plan in place, this client has shown on multiple occasions that he will fail and public safety would be at risk,” court documents read.

Mayo was arrested in early October for 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. It is that terrorizing charge that he pleaded guilty to June 29, according to court records.

Even with a proper plan in place, state corrections officials still want to keep an eye on Mayo, who has been convicted three times in recent years of terrorizing and threatening people.

Matthew Kennedy, a Department of Corrections field officer, said in court documents that Mayo was convicted twice before on threatening and terrorizing charges. He was convicted of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon in December 2012 and terrorizing in March 2014, according to Kennedy.

Mayo was arrested on 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 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.

“It is important to note that this client has an extensive criminal history and suffers severe mental health issues,” the Department of Corrections document states.

Mayo in scheduled for an Aug. 2 status hearing in Skowhegan court, when bail may be allowed.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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