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Prisoner released early already back in jail

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A Eunice man released early under the new state prison reform program is already back in jail.

Chief Randy Fontenot said his officers arrested Seth Fuselier, 20, last week and booked him with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. 

Fuselier was supposed to be released in February, but under the new criminal justice reform program, he was released November 1, state DOC records indicate. 

The chief said Fuselier had barely been out a month and he already was back in jail. 

"Eunice had a little break from this guy, but then he got out early," he said. 

Fontenot said he's not a fan of the reform package, and this incident illustrates why. 

According to Fontenot, Fuselier's criminal history begins in 2015, when he was 18 years old. 

He was arrested then with simple burglary, felony theft, illegal carrying of weapons and obstruction of justice. He pleaded guilty to some charges, spent a month in jail, and then pleaded guilty to more charges in October. he received a suspended sentence and was placed on probation. 

In December 2015 he was arrested again, for unauthorized use of a vehicle, and later that month for simple burglary, unauthorized use of a vehicle and felony theft of a vehicle. In January 2016 he began serving his original suspended sentence of six years and six months after his probation was revoked. His release date,  including credit for time served and good time credit, was to have been February 7, until the reform program moved up his release date to November 1. 

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