Escaped inmate captured in Panola County

Paul Pettis (Photo source: MS Dept. of Corrections)
Paul Pettis (Photo source: MS Dept. of Corrections)

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The Forrest County Community Work Center inmate who walked away from a Hattiesburg work site last week was captured Wednesday. Sheriff's deputies caught up with Paul Pettis around 3pm in Panola County, Mississippi.

Pettis, 39, is serving a five year sentence for a conviction of Possession of Tools for the Commission of a Crime from Lafayette County. He now faces an additional five year sentence if convicted of escape.

Pettis was also named as a suspect in the recent break in at the Hattiesburg Police Department. But officials haven't released many details about how they believe he was involved.

A total of ten people have been named as suspects in that investigation, including three Gulfport residents.

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