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Martin man wanted by authorities arrested in Lawrence
by Lilly Adkins

INEZ — A Martin County man who has eluded authorities for several months was captured along with two others by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Saturday.

Jimmy Cornette Jr., 20, was apprehended along with Lacy Fletcher, 21, and John Paul Perry, 27, at a cabin located at the top of Torchlight in Lawrence County.

Lawrence County Sheriff Garrett Roberts said that the three men had apparently been involved in the robbery of a cabin belonging to a Pike County resident, located at the top of the hill at Torchlight.

“Their truck was parked about 100 yards from the cabin. I guess they heard the owners coming and they went over to the owners under the pretense that they were looking for their hunting dog. They actually asked the owners if they wanted to sell their pool table,” Roberts said. “The pool table was half way out the door when they asked them and the owners told them no and discovered that they were being robbed. The same residence was robbed the week before.”

Roberts said that two four-wheelers stolen the week before were described as a 1997 Yamaha Kodiak and a 1997 Yamaha Big Bear.

Roberts said that Perry was driving and that he wrecked the truck, which led to their capture. The truck was registered to Cornette’s father.

“Perry told me that he was unfamiliar with a standard and that he lost control,” Roberts said. “They hit a tree. Perry was taken to Three Rivers to be checked out before he was taken to jail.”

Roberts said that the cabin had an alarm system and that it was in a secluded area of about 80 acres or so.

“The cell phone antennas and the electric meter had been cut off and the alarm system was down,” Roberts said. “Two four-wheelers were stolen from there last weekend. Another vehicle was parked up from there and it was registered to Helen Spence, who is Cornette’s mother. Inside the automobile we found the VCR, fishing equipment, and other items that the couple was able to identify as stolen from their cabin.”

Cornette has charges pending in three counties.

In Lawrence County, Cornette is charged with first-degree burglary; public intoxication; possession of burglary tools; possession of marijuana; and possession of a controlled substance.

“He had a prescription bottle in his front shirt pocket and it contained miscellaneous types of pills which we sent to the lab to be identified,” Roberts said. “Cornette was also carrying a .380 automatic handgun which didn’t come back as stolen. If we find that he is a convicted felon, we will come back and charge him with that too.”

Letcher County charged Cornette with one charge of theft by deception over $300.

In Martin County, Cornette is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, fleeing and four counts of wanton endangerment. He was indicted August in 2002 for first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment and receiving stolen property over $300 (auto).

Cornette was indicted in Martin Circuit Court in August 2002, for allegedly attempting to flee from then-Sheriff Darriel Young in a vehicle which had been reported stolen and in the process of fleeing created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to Robert Bowen while driving at a high rate of speed.

Cornette is being held on a bond of $55,123.60 cash. No bond has been set yet for the Letcher county charges. Fletcher’s bond is set at $25,000 cash for Lawrence County charges and Perry’s bond is set at $50,000 cash for two separate charges in Lawrence county.

Lawrence County Bureau Chief Roberta Blevins contributed to this article.

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