Second Parchman escaped inmate is in custody

Second Parchman escaped inmate is in custody
Mississippi Department of Corrections is missing two inmates. (Mississippi Department of Corrections)

MISSISSIPPI — UPDATE 1/6/20 2:40 p.m.:

Dillion Williams have been captured, according to MDOC Twitter.

He was arrested near the intersection of Johnson and Warr in Rossville, Tenn. in Fayette County. He was hidden in a wooded area.

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The Tennessee Department of Corrections assisted in the arrest.

UPDATE 1/5/20 6:10 a.m.:

David May, 42, has been captured, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

He was captured by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals and MDOC.

May and Dillion Williams stole a 2011 GMC pickup truck shortly after escaping.

The truck is now being processed.

IN CUSTODY: Parchman escapee David Lee May (Pictured here before his escape, left, and after his capture, right)

Posted by Mississippi Department of Corrections on Sunday, January 5, 2020

ORIGINAL STORY 1/5/2020:

The Mississippi Department of Corrections are in search of two inmates that were discovered missing just before 2 a.m. Saturday.

David May, 42, and Dillion Williams, 27, were discovered missing from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, also known as Parchman Farms.

May is serving life for two counts of aggravated assault in Harrison County.

Williams is serving 40 years for aggravated assault and burglary in Marshall County.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE TWO INMATES MISSING AT PARCHMAN PRISON JACKSON – Two inmates are missing at the Mississippi State...

Posted by Mississippi Department of Corrections on Saturday, January 4, 2020

Parchman Farms is the only maximum security prison for men in Mississippi.

If anyone sees these men or knows the whereabouts of them, you are asked to contact 662-745-6611 or your local law enforcement agency.

This information comes after MDOC has had all state, private and regional prisons on lockdown due to the recent violent outbreak in the prison system.

A total of five inmates have died over the last week from South Mississippi Correction Institution, Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman and Chickasaw County Regional Correctional Facility.

The prison at Parchman has been the main concern all week, according to FOX13′s affiliate station in Saltillo, Miss., WLOV.

The names of the deceased inmates are Walter Gates, Roosevelt Holliman, Denorris Howell, Gregory Emary and Terrandance Dobbins, according to WLOV.

Three of the five were inmates in MS State Penitentiary.

Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said investigators have been working tirelessly and aggressively pursuing leads to determine what sparked the violence. The department has confirmed that some of the major disturbances are gang-related. The identities of the gangs or security threat groups will not be released to the public for security purposes, according to a release.

“There is a lot of misinformation fanning the flames of fear in the community at large, especially on social media. Cellphones are contraband and have been instrumental in escalating the violence. I understand the public’s right and need to know,” Commissioner Hall continued. “But my department will not rush to release information for the sake of perpetuating rumors. Contrary to what is being said, we are providing information. There is a process to releasing accurate information and that takes time. The MDOC, private prison operators and sheriffs of the regionals are working together to make sure that facilities are as safe as possible because of the different housing structures. Not everyone is locked in a cell.”
Commissioner Hall said.

FOX13 is working to learn more about the missing inmates, as well as the riots and other problems that have been going on in the last week within the Mississippi prisons.

My office currently has no additional information to provide on the missing inmates or the major disturbances.
Grace S. Fisher, MDOC Communications