Captured inmate now facing federal weapons charges

Michael Dowda (Photo source: Bibb Co. Jail)
Michael Dowda (Photo source: Bibb Co. Jail)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It could be several months before convicted killer Michael Dowda comes back to Mississippi to face charges related to his escape. WLOX News learned Friday that Dowda is now in federal custody and faces federal weapons charges.

Dowda escaped from Parchman Penitentiary Saturday. He was captured late Monday night in Macon Georgia, sleeping in a stolen truck authorities say he had painted while on the run.

Dowda was in prison for the 1998 murder of Lynett Jarrett in Biloxi. According to court papers filed in Georgia, Dowda is now charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The documents show when he was captured Monday night, he had the two weapons stolen from property at Parchman, a Smith and Wesson .357 magnum revolver and a 38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver. Because Dowda crossed state lines with the guns, the feds have taken jurisdiction to prosecute that charge.

Dowda is scheduled to appear in federal court in Macon, Georgia Monday.

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