LEAKESVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A man serving a life sentence for a Harrison County murder tried to escape from the South Mississippi Correctional Institution near Leakesville Saturday night. But Joshua Teague was caught before making it off the grounds.
Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Marshal Fisher said Teague and Jeremy Ogle were back in custody within 30 minutes after leaving their housing unit.
"They had escaped their single cells, dropped to the ground using a homemade cane and knotted sheets, and walked toward Unit 8," said Fisher.
An officer spotted the two men, still dressed in their prison clothes, around the same time another officer noticed something amiss about the men's cells while conducting the usual 10 p.m. security count.
"The men had made dummies from personal items, bedding and other material to look like they were asleep in bed."
In 2007, Teague admitted to breaking into a 93-year-old woman's home on DeBuys Road then stabbing her to death.
Ogle, 35, is serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a crime and carjacking in Tennessee.
Teague and Ogle were captured without incident and later transferred to another prison in the MDOC system.
"I am thankful for the quick actions of our sharp-eyed Corrections officers," Fisher said. "Their performance during this dangerous situation is yet another example of the great danger they potentially encounter every time they report for duty. These brave men and women put their lives on the line daily to protect the public. We simply must find the funds to adequately compensate them."