Reward offered for information leading to the arrest of man accidentally released from prison

Prosecutor: Iberville fugitive should face new charges when apprehended
Benjuiel Johnson (Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office)
Benjuiel Johnson (Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office)

PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - Crime Stoppers is offering a Cash Reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of 32-year-old Benjuiel Johnson. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections -- Corrections Services is also offering a separate and independent reward of $1,000.

Johnson is a black male, 5'10" tall and weighing approximately 190 pounds. He has a tattoo on his left arm that reads "Timed Up" and a tattoo on his right arm that reads "Keyleon."

Prior to incarceration, Johnson lived in Plaquemine, Louisiana and still has family members and other relatives in that area.

Officials say 32-year-old Benjuiel Johnson was released on September 23, 2015 from the Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, LA. He was serving a 40-year-sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to officials with the Department of Corrections, early indications show Johnson was getting released from Dixon on good behavior for prior charges. When they ran his name in the system, the manslaughter conviction did not appear, so they let him go. Johnson, however, had an outstanding charge for battery of a correctional officer.

After being released from Dixon, Johnson was picked up and booked into the East Feliciana Parish detention center and processed for the battery charge. A $10,000 bond was issued. Johnson posted bond and was released from prison.

Officials say the person responsible for the mistakes at the Dixon facility will face disciplinary action.

When captured, it is likely that Johnson will face additional charges.

If you have information, contact Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP(7867), or call 911.

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