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19-year-old inmates escape from Coffee County Jail

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Two Coffee County escapees back in custody. Two Coffee County escapees back in custody.
MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) -

A pair of inmates who escaped from the Coffee County Jail early Monday morning are back in custody.

The inmates - Adam Dujuan Winton and Jeremy Ryan Tate, both 19 - told Channel 4 News the escape was easy, as they jumped a fence about 4:30 a.m. and were on their way.

"We just decided to dip," Tate said.

Tate, who was behind bars for burglary and probation violations, was only out for about 45 minutes when deputies caught up to him, but Winton was on the run for more than three hours before his capture.

"Really, it was easy," Winton said.

Winton was supposed to be released Sunday night after a court-ordered 60-day jail stay on theft charges, but he was then set to be extradited back to Florida where he was wanted on meth charges.

"I decided I just didn't want to go to Florida to be extradited, so I left," Winton said.

Jail Capt. Pam Freeman said the pair managed to sneak out through a door while another inmate was taken away to have his blood sugar tested.

One of escapees was hiding at his mother's house when he was found, said Freeman.

"This jail is a hell hole, who wants to be here?" Winton said.

"We we're both looking at some time, man, and we just said, "**** it,'" Tate said.

Their freedom was short lived, and that little trip on the outside more than likely just landed them even more time behind bars, as both inmates are now looking at new escape charges.

The Coffee County sheriff says the two inmates escaped from the work annex of the jail. The county is in the process of building a new jail because of overcrowding, and the sheriff said the new facility will alleviate problems like this.

As for the inmate who didn't want to go back to Florida, after he faces a judge on his new charge, Winton will be extradited back to the Sunshine State on those drug charges.

Both inmates are scheduled to be in a Coffee County court Thursday morning for the escape charges.

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