Escaped inmate captured

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Marshall County Shreiff’s Office got their man on Wednesday morning in Lewisburg.

Chief Deputy Bob Johnson announced that deputies had captured Billy Trapani, an inmate who walked away from a work detail at the Marshall County Recycling Hub at the end of April.

Johnson said that the department had received a tip that Trapani had returned to Lewisburg this week

Detectives traced him to the Celebration Inn, where he was arrested without incident.

Trapani is a Tennessee Department of Corrections inmate, serving time in the Marshall County Jail after having pled guilty in December 2015 to a pair of aggravated burglary charges from earlier that year.

He now faces an additional charge of felony escape, which carries a maximum penalty of an additional six years of incarceration.

Trapani slipped out a door at the Recycling Center on April 27 during the inmates’ lunch period.

The Recycling Hub uses inmate labor to sort recyclables from Lewisburg and other surrounding counties.

Trapani’s recapture is a bit of good news for the Marshall County Solid Waste Department.

Last Friday an inmate was injured when he reportedly jumped down a flight of stairs on the sorting line at the Recycling Hub.

The injuries to his legs were severe enough to require a helicopter medical evacuation to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

Cost for his treatment should fall to the Solid Waste Department. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office required departments that use inmate labor to enter contracts this year holding them responsible for costs incurred when inmates are under their supervision.