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Confidential informant, 2 others get reward money for helping catch escaped convicts

Reward money in prison bus escape split 3 ways

Putnam County, Georgia, Sheriff Howard Sills was delivering checks on Friday, July 21, 2017, to two people in Tennessee who helped cops track down escapees Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose after they shot two guards on a prison bus as it neared Eatont
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Putnam County, Georgia, Sheriff Howard Sills was delivering checks on Friday, July 21, 2017, to two people in Tennessee who helped cops track down escapees Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose after they shot two guards on a prison bus as it neared Eatont

Nearly $100,000 in reward money was being divided three ways for the capture of two Georgia prisoners who allegedly shot and killed a pair of corrections officers in an escape from a prison bus last month

Howard Sills, the sheriff in Putnam County where the June 13 attack happened, was traveling to Tennessee on Friday to hand-deliver checks to two people there who helped authorities track down the runway prisoners.

Convicts Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe fled to middle Tennessee, where Rowe grew up. They were caught near Murfreesboro two days later and returned to Georgia.

Names of the reward recipients were not being divulged, but two of the recipients who live in Tennessee were to receive about $30,000 apiece. Another $30,000 will be given to a confidential informant for the U.S. Marshals Service.

Sills said that after Rowe and Dubose killed corrections officers Curtis Billue and Chris Monica they hijacked a passing car east of Eatonton near Lake Oconee. That car was damaged when it was ditched in neighboring Morgan County, near Madison.

The sheriff said $5,000 from the reward fund will be given to the car’s owner.

Last month, two Tennesseans — whose names were not made public but may well be the same recipients of Sills’ reward funds — received $10,000 each in reward money from the GBI for their roles in catching the escapees.

Joe Kovac Jr.: 478-744-4397, @joekovacjr

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