JACKSON - Two state inmates, on the run since Friday, were captured Wednesday morning.

Jonathan Blankenship, 31, and Christopher High, 28, escaped from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl on July 5. They were discovered missing during a 7 a.m. bed check.

Blankenship, who was convicted of aggravated assault on a police officer and conspiracy in Alcorn County, and High, who was convicted of burglary in Carroll County, were believed to have remained in the Rankin County area for several days.

Their escape, along with an escape from the state penitentiary, forced the Mississippi Department of Corrections to suspend visitation and other privileges for all inmates, statewide.

Just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, MDOC announced that Blankenship had been captured. High was reported to be in custody about 30 minutes later. No details have been released about the apprehension of the men.



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