SKOWHEGAN — A Maine charge against a Jackman man who allegedly pulled a gun on a Somerset County sheriff’s deputy in May will wait until his extradition to Pennsylvania on a drunken driving charge is settled.

Matthew Todd Mayberry, 45, was given seven days by a Somerset County District Court judge Friday to contest the order of extradition. Mayberry’s lawyer, Phil Mohlar, of Skowhegan, said the Class C felony criminal threatening charge will remain “on the back burner” until the extradition case is resolved.

Mohlar said he will file the petition to fight extradition on Mayberry’s behalf and a hearing date will be set to determine if he will be sent back to Pennsylvania. No dates have been set for the Maine charges, Mohlar said, and it’s expected Mayberry would serve time in Pennsylvania on those charges first.

District Court Judge Evert Fowle ordered Mayberry held without bail.

Mayberry appeared in Skowhegan District Court Friday afternoon via video link from the Somerset County Jail in East Madison. He was represented by Peter Barnett, acting as court-appointed lawyer of the day.

Mayberry was arrested on the fugitive from justice warrant on Tuesday. The initial warrant was issued by Pennsylvania authorities in May and when a sheriff’s deputy went to arrest him, Mayberry, dressed in black body armor, allegedly pointed a gun at the deputy.

Mayberry was arrested, but later was released because the warrant from Pennsylvania was for a misdemeanor and there is a technicality in Maine law that a charge has to be felony in order to hold a fugitive from justice, Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said this week.

Somerset County officials notified Pennsylvania officials that Mayberry was released following his arrest, Lancaster said. Pennsylvania authorities in turn petitioned Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s office for what is called a governor’s warrant to hold Mayberry until officials from that state could come and pick him up.

The governor’s warrant came through July 21 and police arrested him Tuesday.

“The governor’s warrant and the Pennsylvania issues are in line to be addressed first,” Mohlar said by phone Friday. “Once that’s done, the felony stuff here will be addressed.”

Mayberry was indicted in May by a Somerset County grand jury on charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, and refusing to submit to arrest or detention, a misdemeanor. His scheduled June dates to appear in court on the indictments were put on hold until August in anticipation of the extradition warrant, which was issued last week.

The charge in Pennsylvania is driving under the influence with a previous conviction. The warrant was issued after Mayberry allegedly fled that jurisdiction before he could face the new charge.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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