Six people arrested for role in inmate’s escape from Mississippi hospital

Published 1:48 pm Friday, January 10, 2020

Police in Mississippi have arrested six people, including the father, mother and aunt of an inmate accused of escaping from a hospital this week, authorities confirmed to news outlets.

The six suspects were charged with accessory after the fact in connection with 29-year-old Marshall Ray Williams’ escape.

He’s accused of pushing down a guard and running away from the Ocean Springs Hospital on Wednesday morning, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said in a news release.

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Williams had been in custody on four felony warrants, Ezell said. He was receiving treatment at the hospital for an unknown condition when a deputy removed his leg shackles so he could go to the bathroom, news outlets reported.

His father, Gerald Powell, 54, and Tammy Roberts, 53, were arrested when Williams was located at Powell’s camper that night, Ezell said.

Investigators later arrested Williams’ aunt, Theresa Hickman, 45, and Harry Kostmayer Jr., 44.

Ginger Dowler, 34, and Williams’ mother, Tracey Sonnier, 50, had also been arrested by Thursday, news outlets reported.
Williams and the six other people charged in the escape are being held at the Jackson County jail.