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Barbour revokes executive order freeing rapist

A convicted sex offender given a 90-day-pass may be returned to prison.

Governor Haley Barbour revoked his executive order freeing Leslie Bowlin on Friday, and the Mississippi Department of Correction dispatched officers to retrieve him.

Bowlin kidnapped and raped a Mississippi State student 17 years ago.

Leslie Bowlin was sentenced in December of 1991 to life plus 25 years for rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault and burglary.

The Department of Corrections said Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour issued an executive order giving a 90-day furlough to Bowlin earlier this week. He was released Dec. 20 and spent several days at his parents' home in Sicily Island, La.

The governor's office was not available for comment. Louisiana authorities said they knew nothing about the release, and only found out after Bowlin registered as a sex offender with his local sheriff's office.

Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell said the release was "insane," and Louisiana may file a lawsuit against Mississippi over it.

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