A 28-year-old man who was convicted three years ago in Carroll County is among three escaped inmates Mississippi authorities were searching for Friday.

Christopher Benson High absconded from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility along with 31-year-old Jonathan Blankenship. The two should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities told The Associated Press. The third escapee is 57-year-old Benny Ray Blansett, who was being held at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

Christopher Benson High


All were missing at Friday morning head counts.

High was serving a 12-year sentence following his 2016 conviction for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling in Carroll County.

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.

Jonathan Blankenship


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

Benny Ray Blansett

A lockdown has been ordered at all state prisons, private prisons, regional jails and work centers.

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