Last Brushy Mountain escapee caught after nearly quarter century on the run

By: Nick Bona Email
By: Nick Bona Email

MORGAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) – An East Tennessee man has been captured nearly 25 years after escaping from Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.

The Tennessee Department of Correction confirms Terry L. Wynne, 52 was capture last week.
According to the South Pittsburg Hustler, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office recently received a tip that Wynne was renting a home in the Battle Creek community under a fake name. Deputies began investigating and were able to take him into custody on a fugitive from justice warrant.

TDOC records indicate Wynne was originally sentenced to seven years in the Petros prison by a Sullivan County court for receiving stolen property valued at more than $100. The prison system never apparently learned the exact details of his November 17th, 1985 escape from “Brushy.” According to records, guards noticed missing from the minimum security “red building” and he was believed to have simply “walked off.”

Brushy Mountain was officially closed on June 11th, 2009 when all its inmates were transferred to the newly renovated Morgan County Correctional Complex.

Wynne was the last Brushy Mountain escapee still on the run. Tennessee’s Department of Corrections now has 30 escapees still on the run dating back to 1946.


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  • by Star Location: Home on Nov 12, 2011 at 10:36 PM
    If he lived 25 years without getting into serious trouble, then obviously he is reformed. Leave the man be, and let him live his life. Come on... while he did escape, he also managed to live without arrest for 25 years and his sentence should be commuted to time served.
  • by marion Location: marion county on Apr 15, 2010 at 07:58 PM
    my comment never gets posted, don't i have the right of freedom of speech? he got 7 years for stolen stuff, what about all these drug dealers and makers out here free to destory life, families, even kill people with there poisen. they are free to keep doing this, while this man gets 7 years for this, thats not right, let him go, and go after the ones that are killing our future.
  • by Yikes Location: Knoxville on Apr 1, 2010 at 09:27 AM
    7 years for receiving over $100 in stolen property?! I hope he had a loooong criminal record before then to deserve such a stiff sentence.

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