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Unarmed alarms played 'major' role in Mich. prisoner's escape

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LANSING, Mich. The Michigan Corrections Department says prison guards' failure to reset motion-detection alarms played a "major role" in a convicted killer's escape last month.

Two zones at a prison vehicle entrance weren't secured at the start of a shift at the Ionia Correctional Facility, according to an investigatory report released Thursday. Inmate Michael Elliot crawled under fences and escaped for 24 hours before being captured in Indiana.

The state says Elliot told them he began to think seriously about an escape due to heavy snow he thought would provide cover. He was wearing all-white clothing which he had made from white thermal underwear. And he ultimately chose Super Bowl Sunday because he thought staff might be distracted. But investigators found no evidence that was the case.

Investigators also found no evidence Elliot had help from other inmates or staff.

They say Elliot escaped just before 7 p.m. that night. He was last accounted for at 1:25 p.m. and was discovered missing during the 9 p.m. formal count.

Elliot was serving life sentences for four counts of Murder 1st degree and other dangerous felonies.

The released report also states the MDOC Director or Deputy Director of the Correctional facilities Administration will personally visit each correctional facility to review the facts of the escape and reiterate the importance of facility security and public safety.

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