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Accused meth trafficker who escaped from jail named in 10 count indictment

Jeff Bobo • Dec 3, 2018 at 8:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A man who escaped form the Hawkins County jail with three fellow inmates only to be captured the same afternoon hiding near a Rogersville residence was named Monday in a 10 count Hawkins County Grand Jury indictment. 

Those 10 charges accumulated over the course of four separate arrests between Jan. 20 and May 23 of this year. 

Brian David Hall, 35, 124 Austin Mill Road, Rogersville, was originally arrested on Jan. 20, 2018 as a result of a traffic accident.

On Feb. 7 Hall failed to show up for his appearance in Sessions court, and on Feb. 13, Hawkins County deputies executed an arrest warrant for failure to appear.

When deputies located Hall he had a black leather handgun holster on his belt, and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol was located in the camper within reach of where he was arrested. Hall is a convicted felon.

Upon searching the bathroom, deputies allegedly found 5.4 grams of meth. Hall, who is unemployed, was also found in possession of $201 in cash.

He was out on bond on March 20 when he was allegedly found in possession of meth during a traffic stop.

On May 23 Hall and three other inmates escaped from the Hawkins County Jail. Three of the four were caught the same day, and the fourth was caught in Rogersville the next morning.

Hall was captured after a citizen called 911 and reported seeing a suspicious male in their back yard in the Campbell Drive area Rogersville. Deputies responded and were able to take Hall into custody.

On Monday he was indicted for possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm during a felony, maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are used or sold, felony escape, simple possession of meth, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, no insurance, failure to provide immediate notice of an accident, and driving on a revoked license.

Hall was released from the Hawkins County Jail Monday on a $75,000 bond. He and all other defendants indicted Monday will be arraigned Dec. 14 in Hawkins County Criminal Court. Among Monday’s other indictments were:

Albert Mitchell Pruitt, 39, 126 Sheppard Drive, Apt. D-26, Bulls Gap, for theft under $1,000, theft over $2,500 and theft over $1,000.

Douglas Paul Smith, 45, 132 Wallen Town Road, Church Hill, for aggravated burglary, theft under $1,000 and vandalism under $1,000.

Harry Everett Richmond, 38, 346 E. Main St., Church Hill, for aggravated domestic assault and driving on a revoked license fourth offense.

Daryl Lynn Lane, 45, 110 Flat Creek Road, Sevierville, for facilitation of possession of meth with intent to deliver.

Stewart Claude Manis, 43, 596 Manis Road, Rogersville, for facilitation of possession of meth with intent to deliver.

Justin Daniel Ricker, 33, 226 Misty View Circle, Rogersville, for aggravated burglary, vandalism over $2,500 and resisting arrest.

Michael Shane Hoppenstedt, 33, 2034 Adair St., Kingsport, for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cody Todd Lane, 28, 322 Archcrest St., Kingsport, for aggravated burglary, theft over $10,000 and vandalism under $1,000.

Heath Johnson, 38, 120 Beauty Salon Road, Mooresburg, for arson.

Robert Cody Hodge, 22, 411 Birdie Drive, Rogersville, for three counts of criminal simulation.

Joseph Danna Jones, 43, 1222 Douglass St., Rogersville, for possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana.

• Daniel Edward Vail, 30, 537 Tuggle Hill Road, Rogersville, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.

• Kevin Tyler Amyx, 25, 446 Old Hickory Circle, Mount Carmel, for theft under $1,000.

• Aaron Anthony Lee, 26, 859 Beech Grove Road, Rogersville, for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, violation of the light law, no insurance and driving on a revoked license.

• Casey Dewayne Bledsoe, 38, 135 Dogwood Lane, Whitesburg, for two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft under $1,000.

• Wesley Ernest Lyles, 37, 602 Vista Drive, Rogersville, for aggravated domestic assault.

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