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Escaped inmate now in custody

A Wilcox State Prison inmate who walked away from his work detail at the Cordele Farmers Market early Thursday afternoon was apprehended in Cook County shortly before sundown. Further details of James Doyle Moss’ arrest have not yet been released.

The Georgia Department of Corrections issued a wanted poster for James Doyle Moss via social media at around 3:20 p.m. Local law enforcement officers had begun searching for Moss roughly two hours prior in the vicinity of the farmers market, according to information gathered by monitoring radio traffic between Crisp County Sheriff’s Office units and Cordele Police Department units.

It is unknown at this time how Moss was able to escape from the state prison work detail. Law enforcement officers believe he may have been assisted by a woman driving a black Toyota Camry with a license plate bearing “RSD 3905.”

Moss, who is a 39-year-old white male approximately 5’9″ in height and 195 pounds in weight and an inmate at Wilcox State Prison, was convicted in July of 2018 on burglary charges in both Forsyth and Bartow counties, along with charges of fleeing/eluding police, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license.

Those convictions stemmed from an incident in early July of 2015. Moss was sentenced to serve a term of 20 years in prison, with his earliest possible release date set for September 25, 2022.

This hasn’t been Moss’ first stint in the state prison system. He was previously incarcerated from March 1, 2016 until September 5, 2017 for convictions on theft charges, fleeing/eluding, DUI, and other traffic offenses as a result of a May 8, 2011 incident in Gordon County. He also was convicted of methamphetamine possession in a separate incident. He has been in and out of the state prison system for various offenses since 2007, according to information on the Georgia Department of Corrections website.

This is a developing news story. Check back for updates or read all about it in Saturday’s print edition of the Dispatch.