Parchman escapee had help, Tennessee woman charged

A Tennessee woman has been arrested for aiding Arthur Lestrick’s escape from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman this week.

Kyesha McKinney, 28, of Shelbyville, Tenn., was taken into custody for helping Lestrick flee the state after he fled the prison on foot, a release from the Mississippi Department of Corrections said this week.

McKinney, a civilian, has been charged with aiding escape, MDOC said.

“We know he had help from the outside,” MDOC Commissioner Burl Cain said. “One person is in jail and others could be facing charges, too.”

Lestrick, who is serving a life sentence for a Copiah County murder over a decade ago, apparently walked away from Parchman at some point over the weekend. He was confirmed missing on Sunday.

He was apprehended in a wooded area off I-24 north of Nashville after a three-day manhunt.


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