Two Tennessee families have been given $10,000 each as a reward for helping to catch two violent Georgia inmates, authorities say.
A total reward of $130,000 was offered to find Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe, accused of killing two state prison guards in Putnam County.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation offered $20,000 toward the total reward, according to spokeswoman Nelly Miles, who says the recipients’ names are being withheld at their request.
Two Tennessee families have been given $10,000 each as a reward for helping to catch violent Georgia inmates Ricky Dubose (right) and Donnie Rowe (left), authorities say
Dubose (left), 43, and Rowe (right), 24, will face the death penalty after a cross-state crime spree that saw them killing two prison guards and taking hostages
‘This is the initial stage of the total reward being dispensed and all stakeholders involved continue discussions to determine how the remaining sum will be dispersed,’ Miles said in a statement.
‘There are a multitude of contributors from government and private entities.’
Dubose and Rowe are accused of shooting and killing Sergeant Curtis Billue, 58, and Sergeant Christopher Monica, 42, along Highway 16.
After spending three days on the run last week, the pair surrendered in the driveway of homeowner Patrick Hale in Christiana, Tennessee.
‘My vehicle looks very much like a police cruiser,’ he later explained.
‘I realized I had two ex-cons wanted for murder who had just shot at law enforcement who had nothing to lose and for some reason they surrendered and laid down on the concrete in my driveway.’
Police have previously said the two escapees held an elderly Tennessee couple at gunpoint before stealing their SUV. The couple was able to call police, who pursued the stolen Jeep Cherokee.
The pair were caught on Thursday (pictured) after they ran into the Tennessee driveway of a man they seemingly assumed was a cop
Prior to escaping, Dubose (left) had been serving life without parole since 2002, and Rowe (right) began a 20-year sentence in 2015
Outside of Murfreesboro, the fugitives crashed the Jeep and ended up in a neighborhood, where neighbors watches as the two surrendered, according to police.
In Putnam County Court on Wednesday, the prosecutor told the judge he hadn’t yet filed the paperwork, but intended to pursue the maximum sentence for murder in the state: the death penalty.
Prior to escaping, Rowe had been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose began a 20-year sentence in 2015.