Inmates harvest fall crops

Enough vegetables, including broccoli, mustard and turnip greens, are being harvested now at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman to feed the 12,000-plus offenders in the three main prisons and community work centers of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC).

Farming is one way the state cuts down on food cost to taxpayers, plus give hundreds of inmates something to do while serving time.

In addition to vegetables, the Mississippi Prison Agricultural Enterprises (MPAE) crop production also includes rice, wheat, soybeans and corn. There’s also a poultry facility with a capacity for 36,000 hens. […]


Man steals car with toddler inside

A 25-year-old man is in police custody after he allegedly stole a woman’s car with her 3-year-old child inside.

Bradly Scott Hilsabeck is being held by request of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) following an incident that occurred about 6:46 p.m., Sunday.

Lt. James Massey, of the Pascagoula Police Department, said a woman was standing at her vehicle in the Walgreen’s Parking lot in the 3800 block of Market Street when Hilsabeck reportedly pushed her away and took off in her vehicle. […]


Former teacher gets 5 years for sex with student

A 42-year-old former educator will spend the next five years behind bars after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery in a Jackson County courtroom.

Robert Frank Griffin plead guilty before Judge Kathy King in circuit court on Friday, Nov. 30. Griffin, who is a former St. Martin teacher, admitted to having sex with a student back in 2010. […]


Sardis woman going to prison for forgery

A Panola County Circuit Jury took less than 15 minutes to convict a Sardis woman of forging a court document, Attorney General Jim Hood said.

Samantha Johnson, 40, a former Secretary for a Batesville law office used her position to compose a fictitious Chancery Court divorce document by forging signatures, including a Deputy Clerk’s and presenting the document to an unsuspecting client as if the document had been approved and filed, when in fact it had not.


Ex-educator gets 15 years for sexual battery

A former Forrest County educator can avoid prison time following his guilty plea to having sex with a high school student if he complies with a detailed list of probation requirements.

The Hattiesburg American reports Brandon Hill filed a petition to enter guilty plea to a sexual battery charge last Friday in Forrest County Circuit Court. […]


2 Miss. inmates wanted for murder captured in La. bar

Two Mississippi inmates suspected of fatally stabbing a 95-year-old woman after escaping from a prison were captured Tuesday in a bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, authorities said.

Richard Griffin, a supervisory inspector for the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Jackson, Miss., said information from confidential sources led authorities to the Razoo bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans., where James Robert Martin, 22, and David Bass, 26, were taken into custody by members of the task force. […]

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Parchman’s escaped murderer Michael Dowda captured in Macon, Ga.

The Mississippi Link Newswire
Mississippi State Penitentiary inmate Michael Dowda, who had escaped Saturday while on a maintenance work detail, has been captured in the early morning hours in Macon, Ga., according to a press release from the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Through investigations by the MDOC-Corrections Investigation Division and United States Marshal’s Service in Mississippi and Georgia, Dowda was captured in Macon at approximately 12:30 a.m. today by officers with the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Georgia.

Dowda, 48, faces extradition to Mississippi and multiple charges including escape. […]


Convicted murderer missing after stealing truck from prison

Prison officials issued an alert Saturday afternoon advising that an inmate serving a life sentence for murder was missing after working on prison grounds at Parchman.

Forty-eight-year-old Michael Dowda was last seen around 3 p.m., Sept. 22 wearing a MDOC white shirt and green and white striped pants. Authorities said Dowda was on a work detail with maintenance at the time he disappeared and they believe he drove away in a 2005 Silverado truck that was on the prison grounds. […]