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2 Prison Employees Suspended Following Michael Elliot Escape

Elliot Michael Indiana capture

Michael Elliot in Custody in LaPorte County, Indiana

IONIA COUNTY, Mich (February 7, 2014) – Two Michigan Department of Corrections employees have been suspended for alleged work rule violations following the escape of convicted murderer Michael Elliot.

A spokesperson for the MDOC tells FOX 17 the two employees were working at the Ionia Correctional Facility the night that Elliot escaped.

Both employees have been suspended without pay for the first 7 days of their suspension according to a union bargaining agreement as the investigation continues into how the escape happened.

A spokesperson with the MDOC also says surveillance video from the evening Elliot escapes shows him using his hands to loosen and create a hole in the gate of two perimeter fences.  The gate portion of the fence Elliot broke through does not carry an electric charge because it’s an area that opens and closes for vehicles.

FOX 17 has also learned that surveillance video shows a perimeter vehicle on patrol was once within 20 feet of Elliot during his escape, a near-miss during the breakout.

The MDOC also says there are motion sensors in place that were operational near the fences that Elliot broke through that should have tripped an alarm, but did not.  The reason that alarm was sounded is also a part of the ongoing investigation by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

The spokesperson for the MDOC says the internal probe into the escape should be completed sometime next week.

Elliot was arrested in LaPorte County, Indiana following a 24-hour manhunt on Monday.

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6 Comments to “2 Prison Employees Suspended Following Michael Elliot Escape”

    Kaye said:
    February 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    They need the towers back I've lived in Ionia my whole life and this is the only time I was scared sick.To many cut backs where they shouldn't be. My opinion

      KENR said:
      February 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      THIS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH CUT BACKS, THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED WITH FULL FUNDING , THEY WERE NOT DOING THEIR JOBS NO MATTER HOW MUCH FUNDING IS THROWN AT THE UNION!!!!!!!!

    tc1 said:
    February 7, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Only the best products from Ionia High School make these guards the cream of the crop! Nothing else to do in town, why not be a guard for the prison? So much for local common sense…

    wolvie said:
    February 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    from reported news: guards were in the tower….watching Denver get pummeled.the Broncos wanted to escape real badly too.

    Harry Ball said:
    February 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    This article is poorly written and causes more confusion for the reader after being read. Too bad.

    KENR said:
    February 8, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Fist they let an inmate escape while watching the superbowl……now they are on paid vacation for letting him escape.
    Unbelieveable THEY UNIONS ARE THE REASON THIS HAPPENED. NEVER ANY CONSEQUENCES FOR BAD BEHAVIOR. SAME WITH TEACHERS UNION LTTING MOLESTERS TEACH OUR CHILDREN
    WISE UP PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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