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A multi-agency manhunt is underway for a DCI escaped inmate

State prisoner escaped from Dixon Correctional Institute this morning
Posted at 3:23 PM, Nov 25, 2021

BATON ROUGE — A multi-agency manhunt is underway for an inmate who escaped from Dixon Correctional Institute this morning.

Law enforcement are searching for 23-year-old Shwilliam Cheevis.

He is 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighs 138 pounds.

Cheevis is currently serving time for September 18, 2019, sentences out of Caddo Parish including Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery - 5 years, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon - 10 years, according to Thursday's press release.

Both sentences are being served consecutively.

He was transferred to Dixon Correctional Institute from Claiborne Detention Center on March 22, 2021, and was a trustee.

He was previously on two years probation with the Department of Public Safety and Corrections in 2018 for an Illegal use of a Weapon conviction out of Caddo Parish.

Agencies assisting in the manhunt include Dixon Correctional Institute staff and Chase Team, Louisiana State Penitentiary Chase Team, East and West Feliciana Parish Sheriffs Offices, and the U.S. Marshals.

If you know the whereabouts of Cheevis, police asks the public contact Dixon Correctional Institute at 225-634-6000.

As this is an ongoing investigation, no additional details are available at this time.

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