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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