Elkmont man accused of helping Limestone County inmate escape

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Alabama – A man from Elkmont has been charged with helping an inmate escape from Limestone County Jail.

According to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, Ashley Lynn Gatlin, 35, of Elkmont, escaped her job site and was picked up by a man in a white Ford Ranger.

MPs, along with investigators and prison officers, worked together to locate Gatlin and the man who retrieved her. Officials followed the trails for the Gatlin location from Cullman, Alabama, to Pulaski and Fayetteville, Tenn.

Authorities eventually spotted the vehicle in Ardmore and organized a traffic stop where a suspect and sole occupant of the vehicle, Michael Scott Kennedy, 51, of Elkmont, had an active tenure in Cullman County.

Kennedy was charged with Possession of a Concealed Weapon Without a License, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Officials said he would also face a second degree charge for facilitating the escape.

Gatlin, who was later found by Limestone County law enforcement officials, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and promoting contraband in prisons. Authorities say she will also be charged with second degree escape.

Gatlin and Kennedy are both being held at the Limestone County Detention Center.


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