2 Captive JC Inmates Appointed Public Defenders | WJHL

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JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) — Two of three escaped Johnson City inmates appeared before a Washington County judge Monday after U.S. Marshals Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force arrested them in Knoxville on Friday.

The arraignment began at 1:30 p.m. in Washington County General Sessions Court, and prisoner inmates Breanna Fleenor and Mary Dunn were appointed public defenders, revealing that neither could meet their $10,000 bonds.

Fleenor, 30, was originally convicted of selling meth and faces additional charges in Bristol, Virginia, in connection with a 2021 shooting that reportedly injured a man while he was in his car .

Det. Lt. Steve Crawford of the Bristol, Virginia Police Department (BVPD) told News Channel 11 that since the Bristol, Tennessee Police Department moved Fleenor across state lines, she has been detained in Tennessee on other outstanding warrants.

Kayla Danielle Pierson’s whereabouts remain unknown. (PHOTO: JCPD)

Dunn, 33, was convicted of theft and evading arrest. Under Tennessee law, those who escape custody while serving time for a crime could face an additional charge of a Class E felony.

They have been held in the Washington County Detention Center since their arrest Friday and are scheduled to appear in court again at 1:30 p.m. on March 17

While the two are in custody, the hunt for the third and final inmate, Kayla Danielle Pierson, 25, continues.

Pierson is said to have red hair and blue eyes. Anyone with knowledge of Pierson’s whereabouts is urged to contact CID at 423-434-6166.

Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 423-434-6158 or texting 423JCPD and the tip to 847411.

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