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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007

Missing Limestone County inmate found fishing with cousin

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — A Limestone County work-release inmate was fishing with his cousin when authorities captured him Wednesday night.

"He might not have caught any fish, but he caught more jail time," said Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.

"Yeah, he caught 15 more years," added Sheriff Mike Blakely.

The inmate, Brian Gregory Terrell, 32, of the Ripley community, had been on the run since 7 a.m. Tuesday when he slipped off from a litter crew at the District 3 tool shed on Ripley Road.

The crew was gathering tools and taking a break in preparation for picking up litter for the day when Terrell went behind a dirt pile at the shed and stripped off his jail-issued jumpsuit.

McNatt said Terrell's brother, Paul Casey Terrell, 30, of 710 Greenville Pike, Hazel Green, allegedly picked up his brother on Ripley Road near a convenience store.

Limestone authorities arrested Paul Terrell on Tuesday for permitting/facilitating escape, but he still would not give his brother's location.

Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, authorities with the Madison County Sheriff's Department got a tip and located Brian Terrell on a creek bank where he was fishing with his cousin, Marty Clark, 37, of Gurley.

They were under a bridge on Little Cove Road near the cousin's home.

Madison County authorities charged Clark with hindering capture. He is in jail on $500 bond.

District 3 Commissioner Bill Latimer said Brian Terrell had been telling other inmates he was "going on the run." He contacted his brother by phone before Tuesday, McNatt said.

Blakely at first speculated woman troubles prompted Terrell to escape.

"But I'm too busy to really care what his reason is or to ask him, and he'd probably just tell us a lie anyway," Blakely said. "All I care is that he's back in jail."

Terrell was serving a 15-year sentence on probation revocation on charges of forgery and giving a false name.

Limestone has added a charge of first-degree escape.

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