Convicted killer who was mistakenly released from Louisiana prison is arrested in Atlanta

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Authorities in metro Atlanta have arrested a convicted killer who was mistakenly released from a Louisiana prison despite having decades more to serve.

Jim Joyner with the U.S. Marshals Service says authorities arrested 32-year-old Benjuiel Johnson early Friday morning at a motel in the Atlanta suburb of Norcross.

Johnson was wanted by law enforcement after being mistakenly released Sept. 22 from the Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, Louisiana.

He should have been serving a 40-year sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

But Department of Corrections officials say he was released from Dixon on good behavior for prior charges. They say that when his name was run in the system, the manslaughter conviction did not appear, so he was let go.


This story has been corrected to show Johnson was released from Dixon Correctional Institute on Sept. 22, not Sept. 23.

Information from: WAFB-TV,

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