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Escaped Georgia Inmates Accused of Killing 2 Officers Captured, Authorities Say

16 June 2017

Monica, 42, and Billue, 58, were both transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison.

According to sources with the Jones County, GA Sheriff's Office, the two inmates committed a home invasion of an elderly couple and stole a vehicle.

A manhunt for a pair of escaped U.S. convicts described as "dangerous beyond description" went nationwide Thursday, two days after they overpowered and killed their guards in a brazen jailbreak.

He wasn't sure whether they were cellmates at Baldwin State Prison immediately prior to the escape.

Miller says the escaped Georgia inmates had crashed a vehicle while being chased by law enforcement and fled on foot into woods along Interstate 24 near the rural community of Christiana.

"The FBI, the United States Marshalls Service and the ATF are working closely together as the search for these individuals expands", Levalley said. The FBI said it's quite possible they are well out of the area.

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Sills said it was hard to determine if the two men were being helped by anyone on the outside but said there were an infinite number of possibilities since both men have friends and family in the area.

The reward for information leading to their arrest grew Wednesday to $115,000, contributed by multiple agencies, Sills said. "We know a burglary was perpetrated by them".

Authorities said the inmates were being transported when they overpowered the two officers, one of whom was driving the transport bus.

"They've certainly had time to get out of the state", Sills said.

The two inmates then fled in the stolen Honda Civic and drove about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north to Madison, where they ransacked a home, stealing food and clothes and leaving their prison uniforms behind around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal applauded the "tireless efforts" of law enforcement but also turned his thoughts to the families of the two officers, saying their pain remains.

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"It was found less than a mile from where we are", Sills said, noting that a nearby house was ransacked during a burglary a few minutes after they left the auto there.

"They've had time to be halfway across the country", he said.

The head of Georgia's Department of Correction, Greg Dozier, declined to talk about how the prisoners where capable of overtaking the armed guards. The FBI tip line is 877-WANTED 2 or 877-926-8332. Sgt. Monica was an eight-year veteran. Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue were fatally shot.

The Department of Corrections website indicates Rowe has been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose began a 20-year sentence in 2015.

The escaped inmates left the auto and fled on foot in the area.

These are the two men who reportedly killed two Georgia state prision guards on a bus this week before fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle.

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"We will miss them deeply, and we can not replace them", Dozier said.