Mardis Faces Escape Charge

Christopher Ryan Mardis

Kemper County, Miss.
24-year-old Christopher Mardis faces an additional criminal charge.

He escaped Wednesday about 3:45 p.m from the Kemper-Neshoba Regional Correctional Facility, but was apprehended before 6 p.m. the same day. Officials say Mardis was located in the woods behind the prison.

Kemper County Sheriff James Moore said Mardis escaped from a recreational yard, gaining access to the roof and then jumping to the ground.

He was being held in Kemper County for charges in Lauderdale County. The latest was probation violation with past charges of robbery and shoplifting.

Moore says Mardis will be charged with escape. A conviction would add up to five years to his current sentence.