TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

March 10, 2014

Trial date set for accused Knox County escapee


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By John L. Ross

Staff Writer

A trial date has been set for a man captured by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department after an alleged escape in January.

James Eads, 28, of Gray, was brought before Judge Tom Jensen Friday in Knox County Circuit Court.

During his short appearance a May trial date was set. After court ended for the day Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Danny Evans said that more charges could be filed against Eads.

His next scheduled court appearance is slated for March 28, according to court records.

In January he was indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, giving an officer a false name or address and second-degree persistent felony offender — all the charges for which he was jailed.

He was named on a second indictment that day as well. The newest indictment was also five counts for charges incurred Jan. 2. The first count indicted Eads for first-degree escape. The second and third counts indicted him on separate charges of first-degree wanton endangerment after he allegedly engaged in conduct at two different times which placed Deputy Jailer Thomas Levering to be in danger of injury or death. The fourth count indicted Eads for first-degree fleeing or evading police after allegedly failing to obey Levering’s orders to stop running. The fifth count charged Eads with now being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

In October 2007, he was convicted in Knox Circuit Court for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, for which he was sentenced to two and a half years. In August 2011, he was convicted in Knox Circuit Court for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, for which he was sentenced to one year.

Eads was jailed in the Knox County Detention Center under a $25,000 cash bond, however, JailTracker records are unclear whether he remains there or has been bonded out.