Convicted Killer Mistakenly Released From Jail

By Sky News US Team

A computer glitch has led to a convicted killer being mistakenly released from a Louisiana prison, say authorities.

Benjuel Johnson, 32, walked out of the Dixon Correctional Institute, about 30 miles north of Baton Rouge, on 23 September.

Officials issued a warrant for his arrest on Monday after recognising the error.

Johnson was released from the Dixon Correctional Institute on 23 September

Johnson was accidentally freed on good behaviour for prior charges, authorities said.

As guards processed his release, a run of his name through the prison's computer system failed to indicate a manslaughter conviction.

He was then transferred to a different detention facility on a separate charge, but disappeared after posting a $10,000 bond, WAFB-TV reports.

US marshals are leading the search.

Johnson was sentenced in 2013 to 35 years after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2010 fatal shooting of 31-year-old Cordies Gales.