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  • Prison officials dismissed after inmate escape

    February 12, 2013 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities say one prison official has been fired and another has resigned in lieu of termination in the wake of a convicted killer escaping last month from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel. Angela Whittaker, assistant to the secretary of the state Department of... more »
  • DOC: Fugitive spotted in New Orleans

    January 10, 2013 4:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State prison officials said a convicted killer who escaped from a St. Gabriel correctional facility New Year's Day has been spotted in New Orleans. Corrections officials said they learned Keana Barnes, 33, got a ride to downtown New Orleans last week. They said she has also... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Escaped killer's ex-husband warns of violence Play Video

    January 2, 2013 5:51 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - The search for a killer continues as correctional officers and U.S. Marshals widen the net in the hunt for escaped convict Keana Barnes continues. Barnes broke out of the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women on New Year's Day. State prison officials said she should be considered... more »
  • Escaped prisoner was serving manslaughter sentence

    January 1, 2013 11:45 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - Authorities said the woman who escaped overnight from a state prison in St. Gabriel was serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter, and offered a reward for information leading to her capture. St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau said 33-year-old Keana Barnes climbed over a fence at... more »
  • Prisoners get a taste of holiday cheer

    December 4, 2009 4:59 PM

    Inmates who wouldn't normally get a chance to spend time with their kids during Christmas will get that opportunity this weekend. The Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women is hosting its annual "Christmas Extravaganza." Incarcerated moms will have a chance to spend quality time with their children and distribute gifts.... more »

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