Two Coast Trusties Are Back in Custody

Two prison trusties who walked away from a state-run work center in Gulfport are still in Texas awaiting extradition to Mississippi.

State prison officials say Jason Swords and Jerry Baswell escaped from the Harrison County Correctional Work Center on 8th Avenue before midnight Saturday.

They allegedly stole a car from the nearby Gulfport Police Department's auto repair shop. The two were caught Sunday in La Grange, Texas after leading deputies on a high speed chase.

Mississippi prison officials say Baswell has no escape history and although it was reported that Swords escaped twice from the Pearl River County jail in 1999, he was never charged or convicted of the crime so the state department of corrections never considered Swords an escape risk.