MDOC, Haywood say inmate believed to have escaped is accounted for


The E-T has learned from separate sources that a Parchman inmate, who was believed to be a potentially third escaped prisoner, is accounted for at the Mississippi State Penitentiary.

“No. He has always been on prison grounds,” said Grace Fisher, spokesperson for the Mississippi Department of Corrections in response to a request for confirmation on the status of Deaunte Earl Lewis.

A flyer has been circulating on social media today that shows Lewis with the other two confirmed escapees, David May, 42, and Dillion Williams, 27. A news outlet in the Delta released a Facebook post saying that the Mississippi Highway Patrol had confirmed Lewis was on the run. MHP had not responded to requests for confirmation on Lewis' status by press time. 

Sunflower County Sheriff James Haywood told The E-T Saturday afternoon that he spoke with officials at Parchman earlier in the day and it appeared, from that conversation, that the situation with Lewis was a mix-up.

The inmate was supposed to have been moved, but he was left in a unit, and he was therefore unaccounted for at some point, but Haywood said it is his understanding that Lewis is still behind bars.

Just before 5 a.m. on Saturday morning, MDOC confirmed Day and Williams were missing.

Based on sources outside of MDOC, it appears at least one made their way to Bolivar County and possible stole a 2011 GMC truck after discarding their prison uniform.

Anyone with information about May and Williams or know of their whereabouts should contact the MDOC at 662-745-6611 or the nearest law enforcement agency.

Click the link below for The E-T's comprehensive coverage of the Parchman deaths, escapes


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