Benny Ray

Benny Ray Blansett was spotted Saturday night at a checkpoint in Sunflower County.

He was taken into custody just before 11:00 pm, after being on the run since Friday morning.

Prison authorities noticed Blansett was missing during a check just after 3:00 am on Friday.

Blansett will receive an escape charge in addition to serving six life sentences.

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The Mississippi Department of Corrections is searching for escaped inmate Benny Ray Blansett.

Blansett, 59, was discovered missing from Unit 30 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at 3:17 a.m. this morning during a count.

He was last seen wearing a white shirt, with the words MDOC convict on back, and black and white striped pants.

He is serving life for two uttering forgery convictions, two jail escapes, aggravated assault on a police officer, and burglary.

All, except one conviction, occurred in Marion county and one escape occurred in Sunflower County.

Blansett, is a white male standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 169 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

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