Escaped Mississippi inmate has been captured

Benny Blansett

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Corrections has announced the capture of an inmate who escaped from a state prison.

Benny Ray Blansett was reported missing around 3:17 a.m. on Friday, July 5, from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. He was taken into custody just before 11 p.m. Saturday at a checkpoint in Sunflower County.

He was taken back to the State Penitentiary at Parchman and will face an escape charge.

He was serving life on forgery, aggravated assault on a police officer, burglary and escape charges out of Marion and Sunflower counties.



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