A convicted killer accidentally released by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections ahead of serving a 40-year sentence for manslaughter was returned to Louisiana late Tuesday after being arrested last week near Atlanta.
U.S. marshals arrested Benjueil Johnson, 32, shortly after midnight Oct. 2 at a Motel 6 in Norcross, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.
Johnson had been mistakenly released from the state’s custody Sept. 22 after serving time for possession of weapons and stolen gun charges that were unrelated to his manslaughter conviction.
He was turned over to authorities in East Feliciana Parish, where he faced an additional charge of assaulting a corrections officer last year.
Johnson, who had lived in Plaquemine before he was locked up, bonded out of jail Sept. 26 on the assault charge and was spotted in Iberville Parish several days later.
DOC spokeswoman Pam Laborde said local authorities will determine if Johnson’s behavior and actions during his release warrant any additional criminal charges.