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Hawkins Jail escapee pleads not guilty in series of market holdups

March 30th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

According to the Greeneville Sun U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Inman has scheduled a June 17 trial for a Hawkins County Jail escapee who was indicted by a federal grand jury for a series of Greene County robberies.

Travis Wayne Gunter, 26, 215 Woodland Ave., Church Hill, when he was arrested by Greeneville police and Greene County sheriff's deputies on Feb. 5, had been named in an eight-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury here on March 10.

His co-defendant, Kristen Lee Johnson, of Greeneville, had been released, with conditions, on a $20,000 unsecured bond after a March 20 initial appearance before Judge Inman.

During that appearance, count eight of the indictment against Johnson was dismissed, according to court records. She pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The release conditions for Johnson set by Judge Inman included requirements that she refrain from any use of alcohol or illegal drugs and that she have no contact with Gunter, felons, drug users or drug traffickers. Johnson also was ordered not to leave the Eastern District of Tennessee while awaiting court proceedings.

He was ordered held in the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending further court proceedings

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