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.


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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