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2 escaped inmates caught in Mississippi after 5 days on run

July 10, 2019

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.

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

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