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Authorities Seek Parchman Escapee

John B. Compton

An inmate who escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman has been captured in Tyler.

John B. Compton, a minimum custody offender, was arrested by Tyler police. He now faces an additional five years in prison for escaping.


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An investigation into a Parchman escapee has led authorities to Yalobusha and Tallahatchie counties, according to Sheriff Lance Humphreys.

    John B. Compton, a minimum custody prisoner walked off the grounds on Monday, April 7, while working a detail for the farming operations, according to a MDOC press release.

    Compton is described as a 42-year-old white male, five-foot-eight inches and weighing 200 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown, shaved hair.

    His girlfriend, Amanda Sapp, age 21 of Winona, is believed to have assisted Compton in the escape, according to Humphreys.

    “She has family in the Coffeeville area,” Humphreys said Tuesday morning. Officials with MDOC have been in the Coffeeville area, tracing all leads, the sheriff stated. The couple were last known to be in the Cascilla area, in the eastern edge of Tallahatchie County.    

    Compton is serving a 2-year sentence from Carroll County for two burglary convictions.

    Anyone with any information or sightings of Compton should contact local law enforcement or the Mississippi Department of Corrections at 662.745.6611.

    Citizens can also contact Yalobusha County CrimeStoppers at 1-866-932-TIPS. 

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