Search for escaped Sevier County inmates

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Sevier County Sheriff's Department are looking for three inmates who escaped from the Sevier County jail annex on Old Knoxville Highway.

Authorities say 24-year-old Roy Herron, Tommy Kitts, and 45-year-old Junior McMahan climbed a security fence and took off on foot around 9:30 Thursday night.

Police used K9's, helicopters and ground searchers from various law enforcement agencies to search, but the three men were not found.

Roy Ray Herron was described as a white man, six feet tall, 160 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. He also had a tattoo reading "Sandra" on his left arm. He was locked up for theft and burglary.

Calvin Junior McMahan is a white man, 5'8", 175 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. He was in jail for a child support violation.

Daryl Husketh was behind these bars two weeks ago, the same Sevier County minimum security facility.

So we asked him, is it easy to escape ?

"I'd say it's pretty easy to do, because we're pretty much all friends. The inmates and the jailers," said Husketh.

He says outside, you'll usually find a much higher number of inmates than guards. But, since they're in for less serious crimes, escape is a risk most don't want to take.

"It wouldn't be worth it to me, tacking on another 5 years," said Husketh.

Sean Sanford is a bail bondsman in Sevier County. He says the number of inmates in the county is up sharply in the past five years, but that hasn't affected security.

"Sevier County runs a good jail, it's a tight jail, you know like most jails in east Tennessee," said Sanford.

He says the annex was only built a few years ago, and was shocked when he heard inmates got out.

He's confident police will find the three, but there's no telling how far away the inmates are now or where in the mountains they may be.

If you know where these three men are, call your local police department.


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