- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - Authorities are offering cash rewards for information that helps capture a convicted killer who was accidentally released from prison just a few years into his 40-year sentence.

Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections spokeswoman Pam Laborde told media outlets Wednesday that the department released 32-year-old Benjueil Johnson from the East Feliciana Parish jail when he finished time on other charges, not realizing he still had decades to serve for manslaughter.

Laborde says her agency will pay $1,000, in addition to Crime Stoppers’ cash reward of up to $5,000, for information that leads to the arrest of Johnson. Authorities have been looking for Johnson since Monday. Investigators say they believe he may be with family in Plaquemine.

Johnson pleaded guilty in 2013 to the 2010 fatal shooting of Cordies Gales.


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