Local probationer caught in Central Florida


From staff and wire reports


CHICKASAW COUNTY — A Houston man who walked away from a Pontotoc County inmate workcrew two weeks ago has been apprehended in Ocala, Florida.

Brooks Sneed, 32, also known as Gary Sneed, was arrested as a probation violator in central Florida on Saturday, May 18. Sneed’s vehicle had broken down and a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, who stopped to help, ran the car’s tag and found the vehicle was from Mississippi and possibly stolen.

Florida authorities said Sneed allegedly gave a fake name and birthdate. Troopers also arrested Holly Morrison, age and address unknown, for allegedly stealing the car and helping Sneed escape.

Sneed walked away from a Pontotoc County inmate work detail picking up trash on Faulkner Road two weeks ago.

Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask said Sneed, a nonviolent offender, was on the work detail working off some county fines and awaiting a hearing stemming from a MDOC hold on previous drug charges.
“He told the officer he was stepping off into the woods to use the bath room and apparently someone picked him up in a car,” Mask said, adding Sneed was was last seen getting into a black Ford Taurus automobile.
Sneed’s disappearance sparked a massive manhunt in Eastern Pontotoc County. Chickasaw County authorities were also alerted since Sneed listed a Highway 32 address as his home.

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