Western Kentucky farmer spots fugitives

FREDONIA, Ky. (AP) -- A farmer in western Kentucky says he spotted two fugitives from a prison and one of them struck him in the head.

Don Russell said he caught a man siphoning gasoline from a truck Sunday morning and recognized him as Jesse James Sebastian, one of two escaped convicts.

Russell told The Paducah Sun he didn't see James Ernest Whisman until Whisman hit him in the back of the head with a screwdriver.

Russell said the fugitives then ran in opposite directions. State police said Monday that they are still looking for the men.

Sebastian, of Lexington, is 43. Whisman is from London, Ohio, and he is 26.

They were noticed missing early Saturday at the West Kentucky Correctional Complex, which is a few miles from Russell's farm near Fredonia.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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