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Police looking for man serving life who has escaped from Parchman for third time

Police are looking for a man who has now escaped from Parchman for a third time.

From the MDOC:

–The Mississippi Department of Corrections is searching for escaped Inmate Benny Ray Blansett.

Blansett, 59, was discovered missing from Unit 30 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at 3:17 a.m. today during a count. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, with the words “MDOC Convict” on back, and black and white striped pants.

He is serving life for two uttering forgery convictions, two jail escapes, aggravated assault on a police officer, and burglary. All, except one conviction, occurred in Marion County. One escape occurred in Sunflower County. Blansett, MDOC #07548, is a white male standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 169 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. If you see Blansett, call the MDOC at 662-745-6611 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477). Tips to Crime Stoppers could result in a reward. You can submit a tip online through the Web Tip link on the home page of the Central MS Crime Stoppers or go to www.P3tips.com

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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