Felon arrested in gun sting

William Anthony Mayo

WOODSTOCK – Authorities charged a convicted felon from Maryland with possession of six firearms after he bought them during a sting operation.

William Anthony Mayo, 45, of Temple Hills, Maryland, remains free on a personal recognizance bond pending his next appearance in Shenandoah County General District Court. Mayo stands charged with six counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Court documents originally showed a Washington, D.C., address.

A criminal complaint filed in the court by Sgt. Brent D. Lutz, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, provides few details about the operation. Agents with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted a “firearms reversal operation” on Wednesday “after receiving information that a male that was identified as William Anthony Mayo wanted to purchase firearms,” the criminal complaint states.

“Mr. Mayo arrived at the operations located in Woodstock and took possession of six firearms, and at which time he was then place in custody,” the complaint adds. “Mr. Mayo has been identified as a convicted felon.”

A magistrate had Mayo held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bail until his first appearance in the general district court. A checklist used by a magistrate to determine bail for the defendant after his arrest indicates that Mayo has no ties to Shenandoah County. Mayo told the magistrate he has no pending charges. However, the magistrate notes on the checklist that Mayo has “10 pages worth” of criminal history out of Maryland and Washington, D.C., though the document does not list any of the defendant’s felony convictions.

“D.C. doesn’t extradite, (criminal history) is serious, and these warrants are serious,” the magistrate states.

Judge Kevin Black did not change Mayo’s bail status after the defendant’s appearance in the court on Thursday. However, the next day, Judge Amy Tisinger granted Mayo’s release on a $5,000 secured bond provided that he remain under the custody and supervision of Mary Jacquett as a third-party custodian and that the defendant waive his right to contest extradition. Tisinger allowed the defendant to leave Virginia but required him to refrain from possessing any firearms or weapons, using alcohol or drugs.

Brad Pollack represents Mayo. Tisinger scheduled Mayo’s next appearance for July 20.

Charges listed the firearms as an unspecified semi-automatic handgun; two Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handguns; a Taurus 40-caliber; a Taurus 45-caliber; and a Springfield Armory subcompact.