SKOWHEGAN — A probation revocation hearing was postponed a second time Wednesday for a Cornville man as authorities try to find a place for him to live following his release in June from Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

James L. Mayo, 45, had been scheduled to appear in court Aug. 2, but the hearing had to be delayed because state officials had yet to find Mayo a place to live in the community, according to his court-appointed lawyer, Phil Mohlar, of Skowhegan. Mayo remains held without bail at the Somerset County Jail in East Madison.

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney and Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said meetings with state officials have been scheduled to place Mayo at a location in Portland, but details of the outcome of the meetings were unavailable Wednesday.

No new date has been set for the court hearing on Mayo’s placement and his probation status.

Authorities revoked Mayo’s probation in June after they found his living conditions in Cornville to be unacceptable and ordered him back to jail, where he has a place to sleep, daily meals and supervision.

Meanwhile, Mayo has been charged by a grand jury in Kennebec County with two counts of assault on March 29 in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred while he was still a patient at the Augusta hospital. The charges are class C felonies, each punishable by up to five years in prison.


Mayo was sent to Riverview in November after he was deemed incompetent to stand trial on terrorizing charges 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.

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 and was sentenced to two years in prison, with all but eight months and 25 days suspended. He was released the same day — June 29 — because he already had served the eight months and 25 days in the county jail and at Riverview.

Mayo is no longer a patient at Riverview. 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 found for him.

According to the Kennebec County indictment, Mayo has two previous convictions. The first came in July 2006 when he was convicted of assault on a family member in Madison and with violating the conditions of his release on an earlier charge. He was ordered to serve 24 hours in jail and to enroll in an anger management and counseling program, which he successfully completed, according to court records.


Mayo also was convicted on a felony terrorizing charge in March 2014 after his arrest at the Cornville Regional Charter School in September 2013. A teacher at the school called 911 on Sept. 2 to report a man outside the school who had threatened to kill everyone inside the school and told them they were on his list of 200 people that he was going to kill, according to a police affidavit. The school was locked down while Mayo was outside making shooting motions with his hands, according to the affidavit.

When told he was under arrest, Mayo threatened the officer and refused to be arrested, according to the affidavit. He was shocked with a stun gun once, ran off into the woods and had to be tracked down by a police dog and shocked again before officers could arrest him, according to the affidavit.

He was sentenced to serve 18 months in jail on that charge and later was sent to Riverview for treatment and observation.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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