CATEGORY: Crime

AUTHOR: GIBSON

HED:Alcorn escapee captured

By Michaela Gibson Morris

Daily Journal

CORINTH - An Alcorn County escapee recaptured Wednesday night has been turned over to state prison officials.

Alcorn sheriff's deputies turned Danny J. Feazell, who had been convicted of manslaughter July 24, over to Department of Corrections personnel in Rankin County on Thursday afternoon, said Alcorn County Sheriff Jimmy Taylor.

Feazell was captured Wednesday night in the Glen community after more than 100 municipal, county and state law enforcement officers joined the hunt and manned checkpoints in the Glen area.

With the aid of a tracking dog from Parchman State Penitentiary, law enforcement officers were able to recapture Feazell in an overgrown area between railroad tracks and U.S. 72 in Glen about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Feazell had escaped Tuesday morning as a deputy was transporting him and two other inmates to a dentist appointment, wresting away the deputy's gun and keys and forcing him to wreck the car, Taylor said.

Tips from two residents who had seen a man on the railroad tracks about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday helped officers pinpoint Feazell's location, Taylor said.

Officers found Feazell with a weapon, but he offered no resistance, Taylor said.

In addition to his 20-year-sentence for the August 1996 beating death of Forrest Brawner, his ex-wife's husband, Feazell could face felony assault and carjacking charges in connection with his escape.

Feazell pointed the gun at the deputy and pulled the trigger, but a safety mechanism kept the gun from firing, Taylor said. Feazell tried to hijack a truck, but the driver was able to disable the vehicle and escape.

Taylor said he and District Attorney John Young are planning to take the case directly to the grand jury.

The support of the law enforcement community and area residents made the extensive manhunt possible, Taylor said.

"There's no way the sheriff's department could have done everything that was done (in the search)," Taylor said.

Tishomingo, Prentiss and Union county sheriffs' deputies, Corinth, Glen police, Wildlife, Game and Fisheries agents, Public Service Commission, state Highway Patrol troopers and investigators and the Rienzi Rescue Squad were among the officers assisting the Alcorn County Sheriff's Department.

Area residents, businesses and volunteer firemen pitched in by bringing drinks and food to the law enforcement officers, Taylor said.

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