Mississippi  Department of  Corrections

Marshall L. Fisher

Phil Bryant






Date:             December 11, 2003

Contact:        Suzanne Singletary

Phone:          (601) 573-5477

Fax:               (601) 359-5624



Mississippi Inmate Escapee Larry Hentz

Captured In San Diego


Jackson¾On the afternoon of December 11, 2003 at 5:20 p.m. Central Time, Mississippi State Prison (MSP) escapee Larry Hentz and his wife, Elizabeth Lacy Hentz were apprehended by the U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force in San Diego, California.


Hentz who escaped from his cell at Unit 24 B at MSP, November 17, 2003 was taken to the San Diego jail in San Diego, California.  Also arrested along with Hentz was Elizabeth Hentz, wife of the escapee.  She will be charged with aiding and abetting an escape of a felon. 


MDOC corrections and local and federal law enforcement authorities had sought Hentz’s whereabouts since his escape.  “Our agency is thrilled that inmate Hentz and Elizabeth Hentz have been apprehended.  Our deep appreciation goes to the U. S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force, and all law enforcement agencies throughout the United States for their assistance in making this arrest possible,” said Commissioner Christopher Epps.  “I hope that Hentz and his wife enjoyed their moment together, because it will be the last time that they get a chance to enjoy such a moment,” added Epps.


Hentz who was serving a life sentence for homicide in Tate County; a three-year sentence for general burglary in Tallahatchie County; a five-year sentence for grand larceny in Lafayette County; a five year sentence for receiving stolen property and a life sentence for property crime in Panola County, now faces an additional charge for escape which carries a penalty of five years.  Elizabeth Hentz faces a ten year sentence for aiding Hentz in the escape.