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UPDATE: Prison Staff Suspended in Connection with Escape

UPDATE: Prison Staff Suspended in Connection with Escape

UPDATE via WOOD-TV: A shift lieutenant and a corrections officer from the Ionia Correctional Facility have been suspended indefinitely in connection with Elliot's escape.

Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said the employees will be without pay for the first seven days of the suspension, according to the union bargaining agreement.

The office of Michigan's Attorney General plans to lead the investigation into the escape of convicted killer, Michael David Elliot, who was captured in Indiana.

Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Friday that the Department of Attorney General will lead the probe.

The review is in addition to a Michigan Department of Corrections internal investigation.

Snyder said in a statement "we must have an exhaustive investigation into the circumstances that led to this incident and take whatever appropriate action may be necessary to prevent future occurrences.'' He says it will ensure "the most thorough'' review.

Schuette says the investigation will be "aggressive.''

Michael David Elliot was arrested Monday in a stolen vehicle in northwestern Indiana, about 24 hours after fleeing the Ionia Correctional Facility.

 

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