Charges filed against Michigan prisoner escapee

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IONIA, Mich. (AP) – A convicted killer captured after a one-day escape from a Michigan prison has been charged with kidnapping, carjacking and escape.

The Ionia County District Court says charges were filed Monday while authorities were still hunting for Michael David Elliot. He was captured Monday night in a stolen car in LaPorte County, Ind., more than 150 miles from the Ionia prison.

Elliot is accused of escaping through two prison fences Sunday night and then carjacking a Jeep with a woman inside.

The woman escaped when they stopped for gas in Middlebury, Ind. The Jeep was later found abandoned in nearby Shipshewana, Ind.

Elliot has been serving a no-parole sentence for four murders in Michigan since 1994.

Authorities then launched a door-to-door hunt of the area, but didn’t track Elliot down until hours later after getting a report of a car stolen from a factory in the city of LaPorte, said sheriff’s Maj. John Boyd. A deputy who happened to be nearby spotted the Chevrolet Monte Carlo “within a few seconds,” he said.

Elliot tried to run but he was arrested and taken to jail, where he was being held without bond, Boyd said.

Elliot was serving life in prison without parole for fatally shooting four people and burning down their Gladwin County house in 1993 when he was 20 years old, according to court records. Elliot and his accomplices were trying to steal money from a drug dealer, police said.

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