By Mary Kekatos, The Associated Press via Daily Mail .com
Two inmates, included a convicted murderer, have escaped from Mississippi’s largest prison. Officials say the escapees are armed and dangerous.
It is believed that 41-year-old James Sanders and 22-year-old Ryan Young broke out from Unit 30 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman sometime between late Sunday and early Monday, when it was discovered they were missing.
(Two inmates, one a convicted murderer, reportedly escaped from a Mississippi state prison over the weekend. Officials, who have described the men as armed and dangerous, say that they were discovered missing during a routine count of prisoners at the Mississippi State Penitentiary. Courtesy of Wochit News and YouTube)
Sanders is serving a life sentence for murder out of Lafayette County.
He is a white man with blue eyes who is five-foot-nine and weighs 170 pounds.
In July 2000, Sanders pleaded guilty to murdering Charles Kenneth Maness.
Court documents show he admitted shooting Maness with a shotgun during the course of an armed robbery.
WREG reported that Sanders also stole Maness’s wallet and truck, then placed a deer’s head on his headless torso and drove around the county showing it to friends for several days in December 1998.
Sanders has filed appeals multiple times since his conviction.
Young was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2015 after being convicted of burglarizing a vehicle and a residence, grand larceny, and being a convicted felon possessing a gun.
It is believed that Sanders and Young broke out from Unit 30 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary (pictured) at Parchman sometime between late Sunday and early Monday.
Officials say the escapees are armed and dangerous.
He is described as a black man with brown eyes, standing at five-foot-nine and weighing about 193 pounds.