Convicted Killer Accidentally Released From Louisiana Prison

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Convicted Killer Accidentally Released From Louisiana Prison.

Louisiana authorities are searching for a convicted killer who was mistakenly freed from a state prison last week — a blunder that reportedly went unnoticed until a tipster called cops wondering why he was back on the street. PLAQUEMINE, La. (CBS News/CBS Houston/AP) – An intense manhunt is underway in Louisiana for a man convicted of manslaughter after he was accidentally released from prison, a corrections spokeswoman said Tuesday. Benjuiel Johnson, 32, was last seen walking out of jail on Sept. 23 after posting bail for an alleged assault on a prison guard, officials told local media. The incident comes right on the heels of news that another Louisiana inmate – this one awaiting a first-degree murder trial – was arrested after being mistakenly released.

Benjuiel Johnson completed his time on three felony convictions at Louisiana’s Dixon Correctional Institute, and on Sept. 22 was transferred to another jurisdiction where he faced charges in a separate case before being released. Johnson should never have been released from Dixon because he still had a sentence to serve following a conviction in Iberville parish, said Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Officials say its system showed that Johnson was supposed to be released on good behavior for earlier charges, and the manslaughter conviction did not show up on his rap sheet. The person processing Johnson’s release paperwork should have noticed the information on the rap sheet and called Iberville parish for details, she said. Officials have been in touch with the victim’s family, Laborde said. “We are devoting all the resources that we have to bringing him back into custody,” she said.

The arrest happened after the Stockton FBI task force and Stockton Police Department received information that Mitchell was living in the area, said police spokesman Joey Silva. Abbeville Police said when Mitchell was indicted for first-degree murder they made sure the paperwork went to Avoyelles Parish. “We sent a copy of the warrant, as well as the detainer, basically placing a hold on him that our agency wants him once he’s completed with his D.O.C. He served three years for a 2009 manslaughter charge and faces several other charges tied to the 2012 murder – possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal possession of stolen things and aggravated battery.

He’s also been arrested for possession of methamphetamine, distribution of cocaine, aggravated flight from an officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, battery of a correctional officer, second-degree battery and simple robbery. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

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