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Mississippi fugitive caught in Utah

Escaped Copiah County inmate Sydney Benner faces a dozen new charges after being captured in Utah following a two-week, 1,600-mile trip west.

Benner, 30, scaled a fence outside the Copiah County jail's exercise yard on October 4th and evaded a manhunt that lasted several days.

Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones says Benner was arrested Monday by the Emery County Sheriff's Department after trying to elude deputies in a chase through rural roads in Ferron, Utah.

Benner has been charged in Emery County with felony evading, possession of a stolen vehicle, three counts of attempted auto theft, three counts of auto burglary, two counts of credit-card fraud, theft of a vehicle and possession of an instrument for burglary.

Mississippi corrections officials say Benner already was facing four felony and eight misdemeanor charges from a previous escape, including receiving stolen property, fleeing and aggravated assault on an officer.

Benner also faces two counts of receiving stolen property in Florida.

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