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Escaped Jackson County inmate with Middlesboro ties apprehended by Bell County Deputies

Update From The Bell County Sheriff's Department -

Don Eric Johnson - BCDC

On Friday, July 9, 2021, an inmate at the Jackson County Jail walked away from a work detail escaping custody.

37-year-old Don Eric Johnson had been serving a sentence for receiving Stolen Property under $10,000 and possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine).

Around noon Tuesday, July 13, Kentucky State Police issued a release in regard to Johnson's escape.

A short time before 1:30pm Bell County Chief Deputy Doug Jordan and Deputy Frank Foster located and arrested Johnson sleeping in a bedroom of a home in Jenson after receiving an anonymous tip.

He was booked into the Bell County Detention Center charged with escape - 2nd degree and faces five more years on his original sentence.



McKee, KY. (July 13, 2021) – The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is looking for an inmate who walked away from the Jackson County Detention Center, on July 9, 2021.

The initial investigation indicates Don Eric Johnson, 37 years old of Middlesboro, KY, walked away from work release at the Jackson County Detention Center, in McKee. He is described as being a white male, 5'9" tall, weighing 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Johnson was serving a sentence for Receiving Stolen Property Under $10,000 and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine). Anyone who may have information about the location of Don Johnson is asked to call their local law enforcement or KSP Post 7 at 859-623-2404.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Trooper Brandon Scalf.

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