2 escaped inmates caught in Mississippi after 5 days on run

July 10, 2019 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi prison officials say both men who escaped from a prison near Pearl have been recaptured.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections said that 31-year-old Jonathan Blankenship and 28-year-old Christopher Benson High were caught Wednesday in Meridian.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie tells WTOK-TV the men were captured at separate locations.

Blankenship and High were reported missing July 5 from Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

Blankenship was serving a five-year sentence on a conviction for aggravated assault on a police officer and conspiracy in Alcorn County.


High was sentenced to 12 years for a burglary conviction in Carroll County.

Officials believe the men broke into a camper and a business about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the prison after their escape and stayed in the rear of the business for several days.


This story has been corrected to show Christopher Benson High is 28 and not 25.