Two inmates have escaped from Columbia Correctional Institution and are still on the run, according to authorities.
According to a statement, 45-year-old Thomas Deering and 37-year-old James Newman escaped Thursday morning. Both men have a history of escaping custody. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging people in the area to stay at home, lock their doors, and call 911 with anything suspicious.
Deering was found guilty of burglary, kidnapping, and 2nd degree sexual assault in 2001, according to online records. Newman was convicted in 2009 for unlawfully discharging a firearm. Newman was also found guilty of kidnapping, theft of a vehicle and escaping custody in 2012.