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Convicted killer escapes Mississippi prison

(Mississippi Department of Corrections)

Michael Wilson was found missing from a south Mississippi prison Thursday afternoon.

Posted: Jul 5, 2018 3:36 PM
Updated: Jul 5, 2018 3:38 PM

A man serving a life sentence for murder in Mississippi is on the loose.

Michael Floyd Wilson, 47, escaped Thursday afternoon from the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville, Miss., state corrections officials said. Leakesville is about 9 miles from Washington County, Alabama.

Wilson was discovered missing just before 1 p.m. and the facility was locked down, officials said.

Wilson is 5'11" and 160 pounds with hazel eyes.

Wilson was serving a life sentence for murder. He was sentenced in September 2015. Authorities said Wilson admitted beating a man to death with a glass ashtray and killing another man with a hammer, according to ABC affiliate WLOX.

Corrections officials said they don't believe Wilson is armed, but he should be considered dangerous.

Anyone with information about Wilson's location is asked to contact the Mississippi Department of Corrections at 662-745-6611, Crimestoppers at 601-355-8477 or your local law enforcement agency.

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