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Benjueil Johnson, 32, bonded out of jail after being charged for possession of stolen guns. No one thought anything about it until the phone rang. “We got a call Monday from someone saying they saw him and asking us why he was free,” Iberville, La., Sheriff Brett Stassi said. Stassi immediately called the Louisiana Department of Corrections to find out why Johnson had been released — he was supposed to be serving a 40-year sentence for manslaughter. Pam Laborde, spokeswoman for the DOC, blamed a staff error. “When he finished an early release program he was involved with related to his previous charges,” she said, “we started the release process.” Laborde admits an employee should have called Iberville before releasing Johnson, but that call was never made. U.S. Marshals were able to catch up with Johnson and return him to jail. “Quite frankly, this was just some really good police work,” U.S. Marshal Kevin Harrison said. (MS/Baton Rouge Advocate) ...Which is sometimes needed after some really lousy police work.
Original Publication Date: 25 October 2015
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