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Bell County Forestry Camp escapee says he is sorry

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

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The Bell County Forestry Camp escapee that was caught Thursday says he regrets what he did.

Timothy Bowling and Sammy Chilton walked away from the camp on July 2nd.

Chilton was caught a few weeks ago in Harlan County. Timothy Bowling was caught Thursday in Harlan County and is back behind bars after nearly one month on the run.

Friday, Bowling talked to WYMT's Angela Sparkman and said he wished he never left the forestry camp.

"Was just joking about leaving and the next thing I know, we're across the line and we'd be charged with escape anyway, it was too late, so we just kept going," Bowling said.

He says they walked to Williamsburg and then back to Harlan County where Bowling lived.

"Walked up 92 through the mountains on the road, through the mountains, on the road. It took five days and nights," Bowling said.

Chilton was then caught in Wallins but Bowling kept going.

"I really wanted to see my wife cause I missed her so bad," Bowling said.

Bowling says he never saw his wife. He said she was arrested in Harlan County on unrelated charges before he got there.
Bowling claims after that, he hid in the mountains in Harlan County.
He says Thursday he went home to take a shower, and that is when state police found him.

"I hate it but I'm glad it's over. I'm not looking over my shoulder every time I turn around," he said.

Bowling was serving a seven year sentence for theft and drug charges and was up for parole next year.

"By him making the decision he made by escaping, this has caused him more charges and possibly more jail time," said Trooper Shane Jacobs.

"I hate that it happened, but it happened. I can't take it back now. I'm sorry," he said.

He said the Forestry Camp employees are good people an he regrets leaving. He apologized to them.

Bowling is now charged with escape. Bond is set at $100,000.

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