Weekend crime spree leads to arrest of Mississippi jail escapee

Baldwin County
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SILVERHILL, Ala. (WKRG) — A Mississippi jail escapee with ties to Baldwin County is back behind bars after a wild crime spree over the weekend that had law enforcement in two states on the lookout.

21-year-old Billy Hinton had been waiting to be taken to state prison in Mississippi to serve a seven-year sentence for burglarizing a church when he was able to escape the Greene County Jail and that began a weekend crime spree.

Authorities in Leakesville, Miss. say he drove a stolen vehicle to Tibbie, Al where he stole a truck and went to Loxley. When authorities were close he allegedly stole another truck. “The Deputy U.S. Marshall saw him driving the stolen vehicle in Marlow on County Road 9, chased him to Silverhill, crashed the vehicle, ran on foot, tracked him down and arrested him,” says Capt. Clint Cadenhead with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.

Hinton’s wife, Delenna Hathcock was also arrested for helping him hide and get away from authorities.

Hinton’s criminal history dates back to 2016 with an arrest in Jones County, Mississippi when he was 18, followed by arrests in Mobile and Baldwin county’s and now this, “He’s back in jail,” says Cadenhead, “that’s where he needs to be. I understand he has some time he owes the state of Mississippi and now he will owe some time to the state of Alabama also.”

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