Inmate goes missing

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The search continues for an inmate who slipped away from a county work detail on Thursday.

Billy Trapani was working at the Marshall County Solid Waste recycling hub when he slipped out of a fire exit during the inmate’s lunch period at approximately 12:15.

Operations at the site were shut down the rest of the day while a search was conducted.

Trapani was last seen wearing an orange shirt, denim jail issue jeans and a blue colored hoodie.

He has tattoos on his left hand, most prominently the letters V and L.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bob Johnson said that detectives were following several leads as to Trapani’s whereabouts.

Trapani is a Tennessee Department of Corrections inmate serving his sentence in the Marshall County Jail.

He pled guilty in December 2015 to a pair of aggravated burglary charges from two separate incidents that year.

At the time of his arrest, he listed an address in Murfreesboro as his home, although previously he had listed an address on East Commerce Street in Lewisburg.

The Sheriff’s Office believes that it seems likely that the escape had been planned and that someone had been in the Hawkins Drive area to pick him up.

On March 27 of this year, he had a motion for early release denied in Marshall County Circuit Court.

Trapani now faces an additional warrant for felony escape, for which the maximum sentence is an additional six years.

The recycling hub uses inmate labor to sort materials from surrounding areas.

Trapani had been working at the recycling hub since January of this year.

Generally inmates whose sentences are close to finishing are selected for the work details.

Johnson said that he thought Trapani was eligible for parole possibly as soon as August.

Despite the incident, inmates were back at work at Solid Waste on Friday.

Supervision and security had been called into question by an investigation conducted by the state Comptroller’s Office that was released in September of 2016.

Since then, the department has added cameras, fencing, and additional employees to supervise the inmates.

The inmate made it to a door used by Solid Waste employees that was not alarmed when opened.

Anyone with knowledge of Trapani’s whereabouts is urged to call the Sheriff’s office at 931-359-6122