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October 31, 2013

Jail escapee caught

Whitley inmate surrenders peacefully in Middlesboro

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

He was on the loose for five days, but Justin R. Cornett’s taste of freedom is over.

Cornett — one of two inmates who escaped from the Whitley County Detention Center last Friday — was caught by authorities Wednesday afternoon at a Middlesboro motel.

Cornett is now back in Whitley County behind bars at the detention center.

Whitley County Jailer Ken Mobley said Cornett peacefully surrendered.

“We got the call around 9:20 this morning from a little motel called the Boone Trail Motel in Middlesboro that Cornett was there. I believe the guy from the motel recognized him from pictures, and he called dispatch.We were called, we went over to Middlesboro, got to the motel room, knocked on the door, and he gave up without any resistance. It was around 12 noon when Cornett was arrested,” he said.

Mobley was joined on the trip to get Cornett by Constable Ron Bowling and Maj. Steve Lundy, who works at the detention center.

He also called Middlesboro Police and Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan to help assist them in Cornett’s apprehension.

Cornett is 24 and is originally from the Gray community in Knox County.

He was being held in Whitley County for first-degree burglary, a drug violation and resisting arrest at the time of his escape.

Cornett and James Fields, 42, who lived on Eatontown Road in Corbin, both escaped the Whitley County Detention Center just before 6 p.m. last Friday. Mobley said the two were in the kitchen area of the jail on a work release program at the time when they escaped.

Both were wearing dark blue hoodies underneath their orange jump suits.

Last Saturday, Fields was caught about a half-mile from the jail at his girlfriend’s home.

Fields was being held on third-degree terroristic threatening charges, theft of identity of another person, and failure to appear on a citation. He also has a misdemeanor warrant out of Tennessee.

Like Cornett now, Fields is also jailed at the Whitley County Detention Center.

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