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Two inmates with local connections escape from state prison

Jonathan Blankenship (l) and Christopher High

Law enforcement is looking for two inmates with local connections who escaped from a state prison in suburban Jackson.

Posted: Jul 5, 2019 10:52 AM
Updated: Jul 8, 2019 10:19 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Law enforcement said it is looking for two inmates with local connections — inmates also considered armed and dangerous — who escaped from a state prison in suburban Jackson.

Officers were apparently doing an inmate count at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl around 7 a.m. Friday and found out that Jonathan Blankenship and Christopher High were missing.

Blankenship, 31, was serving a five-year sentence after being convicted in Alcorn County of aggravated assault on a police officer and conspiracy to commit a crime. He stands 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.  He also goes by "Hustle."

High, 28, was serving 12 years after being convicted of burglary and larceny in Carroll County. He stands 5-feet-7-inches tall and weighs 145 pounds.  He has tattoos on his chest and arms.

This is the third escape of a state inmate in the same day. 

Benny Ray Blansett disappeared from the Mississippi State Penitentiary, which was discovered before sunrise.

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