Arabie shot another man during a drug transaction in 1984. At one point, he escaped from the State Police Barracks and fled to the Florida Keys, where he was recaptured. It is reported that Arabie's prison record improved from that point forward. Says The Advocate:
He became a triple master in auto, truck and collision repair last year with advanced certifications in gasoline and diesel engines. He helped prison officials redesign the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola's re-entry program, which offers pre-release training to short-term prisoners. He assisted in launching a machine shop at Angola. After Hurricane Katrina, he helped repair generators, air conditioners and electrical systems. He aided Amtrak in getting a locomotive running.The State's Pardon Board unanimously recommended a commutation of sentence in 2011, but it sat on te governor's desk for years. See story here.