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MARSHALL, N.C. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies have captured two inmates who escaped from the Madison County jail earlier this week.

The sheriff’s office says 24-year-old Jonathan Brian Motte of Marshall and 20-year-old Joseph Emmanuel Norton were captured Thursday afternoon in the Mars Hill area. The men had escaped shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday by climbing a fence.

The sheriff’s office said three guards have been fired after an investigation determined that some policies were violated which made it easier for the inmates to escape. Their names were not released.

The department says Motte and Norton were in an outdoor recreation facility at the jail when they escaped.

The department says the escape did expose potential security flaws in the design and construction of the new jail.

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