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May 21, 2013

Man, girlfriend indicted for escape charges

CORBIN — By John L. Ross, Staff Writer

A Corbin man and his girlfriend facing escape charges were indicted in Whitley County Circuit Court before Judge Paul K. Winchester Monday.

Shannon Wynn, 34, and his girlfriend, 39-year-old Katherine Wheeler, also of Corbin, each received a three-count indictment for charges incurred Jan. 18 — nearly four months prior to Wynn’s alleged escape.

The first count on their indictments charges them with manufacturing methamphetamine.

The second and third counts indict the pair for charges of fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.

According to jail records, Wheeler remains at the Whitley County Detention Center under one $15,000 cash bond and a $15,000 surety bond with MCR. She faces charges of second-degree escape, first-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension, and contempt of court libel/slander resistance to order. She also faces a fourth-degree assault charge, and for that is under a $2,500 cash bond.

Wynn remains jailed at the Detention Center under $500,000 cash bond. 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 is also jailed under a $50,000 cash bond with an ankle bracelet for other charges.

The escape charges for both defendants came after Wynn allegedly walked off a work detail on April 1, and was allegedly assisted by Wheeler.

During Wynn’s preliminary hearing in April, only one witness was called forward — Whitley County Detention Center employee Todd Sanderford.

Wynn had been jailed for the offenses he was indicted for Monday. Sanderford testified he was the supervisor at the State Highway garage work detail from which Wynn walked.

Sanderford said the group went to lunch at noon April 1. He added that at 12:20 p.m., they went through the garage into the break room, and Wynn was walking with them.

He then testified that Wynn went out of the room, came back in, and then left again — for good.

Wheeler was first arrested, and five days after Wynn walked from the detail, he was arrested.

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