Escaped inmates captured in Meridian

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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 25-year-old Christopher Benson High were caught Wednesday in Meridian.

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Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says the men were captured at separate locations. Blankenship and High were reported missing July 5th 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 five miles from the prison after their escape and stayed in the rear of the business for several days.