Three inmates escape; two ‘armed and dangerous’ authorities say

Published 12:17 pm Friday, July 5, 2019

Mississippi authorities are looking for three escaped inmates. They say two should be considered armed and dangerous.

News agencies identify those two as 31-year-old Jonathan Blankenship and 28-year-old Christopher Benson High, who were in Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. The third is 57-year-old Benny Ray Blansett, escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

All were missing at Friday morning head counts.

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Blankenship was serving five years for conspiracy and aggravated assault on a police officer in Alcorn County. He has a heavily tattooed forehead and throat, and smaller cheek tattoos.

High was serving 12 years for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling in Carroll County.

Blansett was sentenced to life for forgery, aggravated assault on a police officer, burglary, and escape from the Marion and Sunflower county jails.