, Corbin, KY

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April 8, 2013

Whitley jail fugitive caught

Wynn had walked away from work detail, found by London PD


By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

An escaped inmate who walked off a work detail last week was recaptured Saturday.

Shannon Wynn, 34, was part of a work detail at the Kentucky State Highway Garage.

According to Jailer Ken Mobley, Wynn left the site approximately 12:30 p.m. April 1, during a lunch break.

And from there, the hunt was on.

“Thursday night we got close to him,” Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said.

He said that on Friday night, law enforcement had information that Wynn may have been heading toward Laurel County, adding that information was passed on to Laurel County law enforcement.

He was found and arrested by the London Police Department, according to Harrell. He said Wynn was quickly transported to the Whitley County Detention Center. According to jail records, Wynn was arrested by Kentucky State Police Jan. 18.

He faces several charges, including second-degree escape, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child, non-payment of fines, a parole violation for a felony offense, and second or greater offense manufacturing methamphetamine. He remains jailed under no bond for the escape charge, but is also under a $50,000 cash bond with an ankle bracelet for other charges.

Also arrested in connection with Wynn’s escape was his girlfriend, 39-year-old Katherine Wheeler, of Williamsburg. She remains jailed under no bond, facing charges of first-degree hindering apprehension or prosecution, second-degree escape, and contempt of court, libel/slander, or resistance to order.

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