2 inmates, including murderer, escape prison

Published 9:40 pm Monday, September 18, 2017

PARCHMAN (AP) — Two inmates, including a convicted murderer, have escaped from Mississippi’s largest prison. Officials say the escapees are armed and dangerous.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections said Monday that 41-year-old James Sanders and 22-year-old Ryan Young broke out from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Corrections officials believe they escaped their unit between late Sunday and early Monday, when they were discovered missing.

Sanders was sentenced to life in prison in 2000 following a Lafayette County murder conviction.

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Young was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2015 after being convicted of burglarizing a vehicle and a residence, grand larceny, and being a convicted felon possessing a gun. Anyone with information is asked to call local police, or the Department of Corrections at 662-745-6611, ext. 4200