Daughter of prison escapee’s victim says the Mississippi Department of Corrections needs to find a way to increase security at its prisons

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IUKA, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Parchman prison escapee Dillion Williams was found in Rossville Monday nearly 100 miles away from the prison after escaping Saturday morning. He’s serving time for aggravated assault and burglary after he nearly beat Kathy Bartosch’s mother to death 10 years ago.

“My mother’s fear for years and years that this guy would come out, break away, get out and kill her,” Bartosch said.

Bartosch said she was scared for her and her family’s lives after Williams escaped prison. Williams met Bartosch’s mother, Pat Crum, 10 years ago when he did work for her at her home. He soon returned with the intention of robbing her and nearly beat her to death.

“They started beating her,” Bartosch said. “The minute she opened the door.”

It was deadly week for the Mississippi Department of Corrections with five inmate deaths and two escapes. Bartosch said the prisons should be secure and should never allow for any violent offenders to escape.

“Evidently something’s going on that these people can escape and continue to escape,” Bartosch said. “These riots going on gave them the opportunity to escape.”

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves tweeted that he met with MDOC officials to discuss stopping the violence in these prisons.

“I received a briefing today from MDOC on the prison gang violence,” Reeves said. “Grateful to those working to restore order and safety. That is the first priority. Then we need answers and justice on the people who perpetrated this violence. Any loss of life is tragic and must be addressed.”

However, Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson said he wants an investigation launched to find where this system can improve the overall prison environment.

“I will be requesting that the U.S. Attorney General launch an investigation into the ongoing failures in safety, security, health, and environmental standards within the Mississippi Department of Corrections,” Thompson said. “This is unacceptable.”

Bartosch is praying that her mother’s attacker never escapes again and that the prisons find a better way to control these violent offenders.

“We always tried to reassure my mother that it would never happen, but she’s dancing in Heaven right now knowing that he’s back in prison,” Bartosch said.

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