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One of two Jefferson Davis County escapees caught

Agents with the U.S. Marshal’s Service have captured one of two men who escaped from the Jefferson Davis County Jail on July 23.

Prentiss Mayor Charlie Dumas confirmed through a post on his Facebook page that the Marshals captured Marcus Bridges, 30, after a car chase Friday in Chicago. Bridges was being held on an armed robbery charge.

Desmond Fortenberry, who escaped with Bridges, remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

Fortenberry, 28, of Silver Creek, was arrested July 14 by Vicksburg police on a bench warrant from Jefferson Davis County for failure to appear in court on a charge of murder. He escaped less than two weeks later, however.

Prentiss police charged Fortenberry with the November shooting death of Carlos Taylor in Prentiss.

Taylor, who had been shot multiple times in the chest, side and neck, identified Fortenberry as the shooter before he died.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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