UPDATE: Judge rejects plea deal offering for Washington Co. bank robbery suspect
UPDATE, 11 a.m.
Although an attorney for Washington County, TN bank robbery suspect Timothy England had been working on a plea deal with federal prosecutors, a federal judge rejected that proposal during a hearing on Wednesday.
Judge Ronnie Greer did not accept the plea offered by Timothy England and waived the reading of his indictment during the proceeding, according to court information.
England will now go on trial beginning March 14 for the December 2015 robbery of the Consumer Credit Union in Mosheim.
He is also facing state charges related to his August 2016 escape from the Washington County TN Detention Center in Jonesborough.
A Washington County, TN jail escapee who was captured in Michigan last summer is set to accept a plea deal from federal prosecutors on prior bank robbery charges.
Timothy England, 37, is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Greeneville Wednesday on formal hearings connected to the December 2015 robbery of the Consumer Credit Union in Mosheim.
England was being held in the Washington County Detention Center in Jonesborough to be tried on those charges when he escaped from the facility in August 2016.
Court documents obtained by News 5 show England used bed sheets to fashion a rope and scale a complex fence to freedom- staying on the run until his capture in Royal Oak, Michigan several days later.
The report also said that a prior escape attempt at the Joneborough jail by England was unsuccessful.
England is still facing state charges related to the August escape.