Guard fired after Elliot escape reinstated

The Ionia Correctional Facility. (Feb. 3, 2014)

IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) — A Michigan Department of Corrections officer who was fired after a convicted murderer escaped from a state prison near Ionia has been reinstated.

The Michigan Corrections Association — the union for MDOC employees — confirmed Thursday the officer was back on the job.

The officer had been fired after Michael Elliot — who was serving five life sentence for a 1993 quadruple murder — escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility on Feb. 2. He was captured the next day near LaPorte, Ind.

The MCA declined to provide further details about why the officer was reinstated.

An investigation conducted by MDOC found that planning and prison staff errors contributed to the escape. An investigation by the Michigan Attorney General agreed.

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