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MDOC escapee sentenced to 60 years in prison after holding family hostage

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A convicted felon that escaped from the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) in August has pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping.

Circuit Court Judge Steve Ratcliff sentenced Shunekndrick Huffman to serve 60 years in MDOC after escaping from the facility in Pearl on August 25, 2022.

At the time, Huffman was serving a seven-year sentence for aggravated assault and was scheduled to be released in December.

Huffman escaped on foot and broke into a nearby home, holding the homeowner and two daughters at gunpoint for hours. He then stole one of the hostages’ cars before wrecking and taking off on foot toward the nearby Mississippi State Hospital campus.

Over a hundred officers captured Huffman in a dumpster at the Whitfield hospital shortly after and was issued multiple felony charges including three counts of kidnapping, home invasion, auto theft, and possession of a stolen firearm, as well as escape.

“The excellent and efficient work and cooperation of MDOC officials, state officials, the Pearl Police Department, Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, and other agencies involved in this tense manhunt led to the successful apprehension of this escaped convict,” Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney, Bubba Bramlett stated.

Huffman was then sentenced to 30 years, with 20 years being served and the last 10 suspended for one count of kidnapping. He was also sentenced to an additional 30 years, with 20 years being served and the last 10 suspended for another count of kidnapping.

Upon release, Huffman will be placed on five years of supervised probation. Both sentences are to run consecutive to one another.

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