UPDATE: Prison escapee found in Panola County

By Mississippi Department of Corrections

Forrest County Community Work Center inmate Paul Pettis has been captured after escaping on Aug. 23 from the work center in Hattiesburg.

He is serving a five year sentence for a conviction of Possession of Tools for the commission of a crime in Lafayette County.

Pettis, 39, was apprehended at approximately 3 p.m. today in Panola County by Panola County sheriff’s deputies.

He now faces an additional five year sentence if convicted of escape.

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