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JACKSON, MS (Sep 14) – 33-year-old Mississippi prisoner Garnett Hughes who escaped two guards enroute to his mother’s funeral Friday in Belzoni was recaptured in Ohio this morning.  Hughes, serving multiple life sentences for kidnapping and sexual battery, led law enforcement on a five-day, 900-mile manhunt.  An Ohio woman, 51-year-old Yvette Mendoza, identified as Hughes’ girlfriend was also arrested for aiding in Hughes’ escape.

MDOC investigators in tandem with the U.S. Marshal Service in Mississippi connected with the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force to make the arrest.  The Ohio marshals who surprised Hughes this morning say the inmate was still wearing one of his handcuffs.

The 6-foot-one, 170-pound Hughes was convicted in 2014 in Alcorn County on two counts of kidnapping and sexual battery for which he received multiple life sentences.  At the time of his escape, Hughes was housed at East Mississippi Correctional Facility which is operated and managed by the private prison management firm Management Training Company, or MTC, based in Utah.

Director of MDOC Investigative Division John Hunt said the investigation is ongoing. is an online news site serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice is retiring after 25 years in the insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community serving as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club and Vice President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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