Two inmates escape from the Christian County jail

HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED: Christian County Sheriff’s Office has recaptured Rodney Sizemore and Mackenzie Brion. Both inmates were housed together in a dormitory style cell and escaped by removing the bands on a seam in a chain link fence that gives access to a walkway above the dormitory. The inmates then knocked out an exhaust fan and made their way onto a roof.

The inmates were last seen about 11:00 PM. Jail staff discovered the escape around 3:10PM and both inmates were recaptured within 3 hours. An internal review of the incident is ongoing, but preliminary investigation has shown violations of the jail policy. These violations are being addressed internally and jail procedures will be reviewed.

Repairs have already been made to secure the section of the jail that was damaged during the escape.

Kregg M. Bandy of rural Morrisonville has also been arrested for obstruction of a peace officer in connection with this escape.


UPDATE: Two inmates that escaped the Christian County jail Saturday evening are now back in custody. 

 The inmates who escaped were 23 year old Mackenzie J. Brion and 19 year old Rodney D. Sizemore both of Taylorville.

Rodney Sizemore was found at 4:54 Saturday evening. Mackenzie Brion was found Saturday evening at 6:10 P.M.

Mackinzie Brion. Taylorville Police, Kincaid Police, Edinburg Police and US Marshalls assisted in the capture. Brion was located in rural Taylorville, IL, and SIzemore was captured in Taylorville. 


TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WAND)- One of the inmates has been found. Christian county sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp confirmed to WAND news that Rodney Sizemore was found at 4:54 today. 

He said that the escaped inmate was located in Taylorville, and that the sheriffs department was able to apprehend him because of tips from the public. The sheriffs office asks that the public continue to provide them with tips until Mackenzie Brion is found. 

Kettelkamp says once both inmates are found the sheriffs office will release information on what lead to the two men escaping. 


TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WAND)- Two inmates have escaped the Christian County jail in Taylorville.

 The inmates who escaped were 23 year old Mackenzie J. Brion and 19 year old Rodney D. Sizemore both of Taylorville.

Mackenzie Brion was being held for possession of a controlled substance and had a $10,000 bond.

Rodney Sizemore was being held for Possession of a stolen vehicle, violation of an order of protection, Battery, and Aggravated Battery to a police officer and had a $70,000 bond.

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who has information about the location of these two individuals to contact the sheriff’s office at 217-824-4961.

We will continue to bring you more on this story as it develops.