Elliot to face local charges in prison escape

Michael David Elliot (Feb. 11, 2013 - courtesy Michigan Department of Corrections)

IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) — A convicted killer who escaped from prison will face local charges for kidnapping a woman while on the run.

Michael David Elliot is scheduled to be arraigned on April 23 in Ionia County District court on charges of kidnapping, carjacking, and escaping prison.

Elliot escaped through the sally port, a usually secured garage where prisoners are driven in and dropped off, at the Ionia Correctional Facility on February 2.

He was arrested the next day in LaPorte County, Ind., after allegedly stealing a total of four vehicles in his 24-hour run from the law.

The kidnapped woman, whose name 24 Hour News 8 did not release, was abducted in Ionia on Feb. 2 and was forced to make a two-hour drive with Elliot to the Elkhart area of Indiana — just south of the Michigan state line.

At a gas station in Middlebury, east of Elkhart, she managed to escape by locking herself in a bathroom and calling 911. Elliot left the gas station without her. She was not hurt.

Elliot is currently serving five life sentences without parole in the Ionia Correctional Facility after being convicted of fatally shooting four people and burning down their Gladwin County house in 1993 when he was 20.

He has always said he is not guilty and told 24 Hour News 8 the day after his arrest in Indiana that he escaped because Michigan courts would not give him another chance to plead his case.

Elliot’s escape led to an internal investigation that showed gaps in security and has led to a review of security at other Michigan prisons.

Michigan Department of Correction records show Elliot is being held as a Level IV inmate at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia.

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