Convicted killer mistakenly released in Louisiana


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PLAQUEMINE, LA - A killer is on the loose and there`s no telling where he`ll turn up. His name is Benjuiel Johnson and the manhunt is underway in Louisiana. 32-year-old Johnson still has about 30 years to serve on a manslaughter conviction. But that did not stop him from bonding out of the Dixon Correctional Institution for good behavior.

His mom, Francel Johnson, says, "It's not his fault, it's not his fault. He got released. You all told him he was not your property.'
So.....who or what is to blame for letting a convicted killer go free?

Seems some paperwork was missing and no one questioned it. According to Pam LaBorde, spokesperson for the Lopuisiana Department of Corrections, "We`re not trying to make excuses. It`s something that should not have happened.'

Apparently Johnson was being charged with battery against a corrections officer and was transferred from one parish to another to face those charges. But, a little thing called manslaughter was, somehow, not part of the original paperwork.

"Because," LaBorde says, "There's really no mechanism other than getting the paper work from the jail or the courts or whomever to let us know that this person is wanted and has another conviction.'

Meanwhile, Johnson remains at large while probation officers, parole officers, the U.S. Marshalls and state police are all involved in tracking him down.


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