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$2,000 total reward offered for info on killer accidentally released from jail

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BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement agencies offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of an inmate who was mistakenly released over the weekend.

U.S. Marshals joined in the search for 32-year-old Benjuiel Johnson as it continued through Wednesday and into Thursday morning with the escaped man still at large. The Department of Corrections said he was allowed to be released Saturday due to a glitch in the state prison computer system.

Wednesday evening, Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said law enforcement agencies followed a couple leads during the day but nothing turned up. The sheriff is asking Johnson to turn himself in.

"Benjuiel Johnson knows he received 35 years, he knows he should be locked up in a penitentiary, let him find the next available law enforcement officer and turn yourself in," he said.

Johnson was serving time for various offenses, including manslaughter in connection with a murder that happened in Iberville Parish back in September of 2010.

A Department of Corrections spokesperson said Johnson is a black male, 5'10" tall and weighs around 190 pounds. He has a tattoo on his left arm that reads "Timed Up" and a tattoo on his right arm that reads "Keyleon."

Before he was imprisoned, Johnson lived in Plaquemine, and he still has family members and other relatives in that area.

Anyone with information on Johnson's whereabouts should call (225) 344-7867.


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