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Work-release inmate, on the run, allegedly gets ride with brother

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

ATHENS — A work-release inmate whom Sheriff Mike Blakely said likely has “woman troubles” allegedly got a ride from his younger brother Tuesday and is now on the run.

Blakely said Brian Gregory Terrell, 32, was on a District 3 litter crew when he slipped off at about 7 a.m.

Blakely and Limestone County District 3 Commissioner Bill Latimer said Terrell stripped out of his jail-issued jumpsuit and left it behind a dirt pile at the District 3 shed on Ripley Road.

His brother, Paul Terrell, 30, of 710 Greenville Pike, Hazel Green, allegedly picked Brian Terrell up on Ripley Road, Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said. McNatt said Brian Terrell called his brother to set up his escape sometime prior to Tuesday.

“I don’t know for sure why he ran (Tuesday), but common sense tells you it’s probably over a girlfriend,” Blakely said. “It’s almost always over women troubles.”

McNatt said Brian Terrell’s girlfriend contends she has seen him only during jail visits.

Terrell used to live on Ripley Road and is formerly of Hazel Green. He has been on the litter crew for about a week, Blakely said. He was in jail for probation revocation on a forgery case, the sheriff said.

Latimer said the inmate crew was taking a bathroom break, putting lunches in the refrigerator and getting tools together for the day’s work when Terrell slipped away.

“When they loaded up to go out, they were one short,” Latimer said. “He hasn’t been giving us any trouble, but other inmates told us he had been telling them he was going on the run. He supposedly told his brother he was getting out of jail (Tuesday), but the brother should have wondered why he wanted to be picked up out our way and not at the jail.”

Authorities charged Paul Terrell with first-degree promoting/facilitating an escape. McNatt said that as of Tuesday evening, the brother had not given up Brian Terrell’s location.

Brian Terrell has brown hair and is 6 feet tall and weighs 170 pounds. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call the Sheriff’s Department at 232-0111.

Latimer said the county rarely has trouble with the inmates on litter crew.

“And if we didn’t have them out working, this county would be in a filthy mess,” Latimer said.

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