IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) — Escapee Michael Elliot’s official prison record, which accounts for his 20 years in prison, does not contain anything that would indicate he was a major breakout risk.
At first, the 175-page document shows, Elliot had a tough time in prison.
In 1995, he had three misconduct hearings in February, one in June and two more in July. They were for a variety of rules violations including disobeying orders, swearing at officers, being in the wrong place, substance abuse and having what’s referred to as dangerous contraband — in this case, a typewriter rod that could have been used as a weapon.
But over the years, he seemed to calm down.
He had some petty misconducts. On two separate occasions, he was caught with cinnamon taken without permission from the food service to make incense and a betting slip. He once failed to show up for a work detail.
He also had a few more serious violations. In 2001, he had another weapon — a dowel with sharpened metal stuck in it. In 2008, he was found to have 11 prescription pills that weren’t his.
But none of that indicated a prelude to an escape.
And the 2008 incident was Elliot’s most recent misconduct. In the five years leading up to his escape, he was not in any trouble.
Elliot has always maintained he was wrongfully convicted of the 1993 quadruple murder that landed him in prison on five life sentences. In 2009, he asked the governor for a pardon. That was denied.
In 2011, an evaluation found that Elliot “follows rules and direction.” At the time of his escape, he was rated a Level II custody classification.
But on the evening of Feb. 2, the 40-year-old Elliot used his hands to tear his way through two fences at the Ionia Correctional Facility. It took him nearly an hour. Then he allegedly carjacked a woman (who was not hurt and later managed to escape) and stole four vehicles in his run from the law. It was about 24 hours before he was arrested after leading LaPorte County, Ind. sheriff’s deputies on a short chase and then crashing.
“Fled from Michigan because of my sentence. They didn’t want to give me no second chance. I wasn’t trying to hurt nobody,” Elliot told 24 Hour News 8 as he was led out of a LaPorte, Ind. courtroom on Feb. 4, the day after his arrest.
Monday, Elliot remained in jail in Indiana, where he is fighting attempts to extradite him back to Michigan.