SKOWHEGAN — A probation hearing for a Cornville man jailed last month after his release from Riverview Psychiatric Center because he has no place to live has been continued to Aug. 17, his lawyer said.

James L. Mayo, 45 was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. His court-appointed lawyer, Phil Mohlar, of Skowhegan, said on Monday that the hearing had to be moved because state officials have yet to find Mayo a place to live in the community. Mayo remains held without bail at the Somerset County Jail in East Madison, according to a jail intake worker.

Mayo was sent to the Riverview Psychiatric Center in November after he was deemed incompetent to stand trial on terrorizing charges. Mayo later 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 and 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 — because he’d already served the eight months and 25 days in both the county jail and at Riverview.

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

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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