Two Negroes Escaped From Richland Gang

Two Negro convicts escaped yesterday afternoon from a Richland county chain gang that was working out from Captain Marsh’s camp near Winnsboro, according to Sheriff T. Alex Heise.

Robert Bracey, one of the escapees, was serving five years for housebreaking and larceny, his sentence having been imposed last May. He is 6 feet tall, 23 years old, weighs 185 pounds and has a cut scar on his right knee. He was born in Eastover.

James Bright, the other man, was serving four years for housebreaking and larceny. He had served 17 months of his sentence, but escaped once before and was returned from Baltimore, Maryland, after three years of freedom. He is 22 years old, 5’6″ tall and weighs 145 pounds. He was born in Blaney.

September 10, 1947  State (published as The State) 
 Columbia, South Carolina
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