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The manhunt is on for Benjuiel Johnson, 32, after a clerical error released the convicted killer from prison a little under two years of the 40-year sentence he was supposed to live out.

NBC News reports that Johnson posted bail on September 23 for an alleged assault on a prison guard that happened within the walls of his home, the Dixon Correctional Institute in East Feliciana Parish. After being transported to a local jail for said assault, Johnson was booked on a misdemeanor count of battery of a correctional officer and subsequently released. Officials say he had a full five days of freedom before anyone noticed he was missing.

“We got a call Monday from someone saying they saw him and asking us why he was free,” Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi told Baton Rouge’s The Advocate newspaper. Stassi was dumbfounded himself and after a call to the Louisiana Department of Corrections, the troops mounted up and began to search for Johnson.

In 2013, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for the 2010 shooting death of Cordies Gales.

“He’s a dangerous person, but we’re going to get him, we’re going to catch him,” Tony Clayton, the special prosecutor who helped put Johnson behind bars, told WAFB. “If he’s a smart man, which he probably isn’t, he should probably turn himself in and if not — we’re going to use every resource available to take him off the streets.”

According to TIME, Pam Laborde, a spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Corrections, said those responsible for the Benjuiel Johnson blunder would face the wrath of punishment.

Photo: Louisiana Department of Corrections