Escaped Perry County inmate captured in Hattiesburg

By Jeff Daley

NEW AUGUSTA, MS (WDAM) - A Perry County inmate who escaped early Monday morning from the Perry County Detention Center is back behind bars.

Twenty year old Jonathan Andrew Kelly was reported missing at around 2:00 a.m. following a head count in the jail. He had managed to escape by climbing a stack of tires located near a fence in the rear of the yard and throwing a blanket over the razor wire.

Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said Kelly had access to the yard at that time due to a policy violation by one of the guards. Smith said the guard in question has been reprimanded and suspended for 30 days.

Kelly was captured in Hattiesburg near Helveston Road around midday Monday after sheriff's deputies received tips from relatives of the inmate.

Kelly was in jail on a probation violation and now faces felony escape charges.

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