La. fugitive added to U. S. Marshals Most Wanted
BATON ROUGE - The U. S. Marshals Service added an escaped murderer who disappeared from a St. Gabriel women's prison to their 15 Most Wanted fugitive list today.
Keana Barnes escaped from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women on Jan. 1. Prison officials said they found her jail cell window broken, and believe she climbed over several fences before making it off the prison grounds.
The Marshals Service said Barnes was serving a 25-year sentence for two counts of manslaughter. They said in 2002 she stabbed someone to death 17 times, then shot and killed another person while awaiting trial for the first murder. She escaped to Mexico, where she was caught and extradited in 2003.
"Barnes has an extremely violent criminal history and poses a direct threat to society," said Assistant Director for Investigative Operations William D. Snelson. "Barnes' criminal history dictates she will most assuredly commit another deadly crime."
Snelson said Barnes has strong ties to New Orleans, is considered to be armed and dangerous, and poses an extreme danger to the community.
A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Barnes' arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.
Click here to see the USMS Wanted Poster with more information about Barnes.