Two inmates from Henry remain loose

By Aisha I. Jefferson

Two inmates who escaped from the Henry County Jail in McDonough made their first appearance in court Friday morning while two others are still on the lam.

Hubert Sprayberry, 43, and Marvin Cannon, 52, waived their hearings, and Magistrate Judge Robert Godwin bound the cases over to Superior Court. Flint Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tommy Floyd said the case could go before a grand jury within the next couple of weeks, assuming there is no other investigation.

The men were recaptured around 8:45 a.m. Thursday in a wooded area behind a Citgo gas station near Moreland Avenue and Interstate 285 after a woman called police to report two men she thought resembled the escapees, according to law enforcement officials.

Michael Williams, 29, and Jonathan Scruggs, 22, also escaped with Sprayberry and Cannon, and remained at large Friday.

The four men escaped from the county jail at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, while 49 prisoners were on recreational break under the supervision of two deputies, police said. One guard was on the outside perimeter, and another was at the doorway leading back inside the jail, Henry County Sheriff's Office Lt. Scott Perry said.

The escapees, who were awaiting trial on unrelated charges ranging from aggravated assault and armed robbery to drugs and weapons charges, were discovered missing after a head count was taken. They now face an additional five to 10 years imprisonment for felony escape charges.

According to Perry, a fence at the back of the jail was cut, and police are trying to determine if the hole was made from the inside or the outside of the recreation yard.

The Sheriff's Office is reviewing security measures, and believe someone on the outside help the men escape.

Williams is white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds; Scruggs is white, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. Anyone with additional information should call 911 or the Henry County Sheriff's Office at (770) 954-2200.