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Convicted killer says in interview that escaping from Michigan prison 'was relatively simple'

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    In this photo provided by the LaPorte County, Ind., Sheriff's Department is Michael Elliot who was arrested Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 in LaPorte County, Ind., more than 150 miles from the Ionia, Mich., Correctional Facility he escaped from on Sunday. The convicted killer was captured in a stolen car Monday in Indiana and has been charged with charged with escape, kidnapping and carjacking, according to authorities. (AP Photo/LaPorte County Sheriff's Department) (The Associated Press)

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    In this surveillance photo from a Middlebury, Ind., gas station provided by the Michigan State Police is Michael David Elliot who escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility in mid-Michigan Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 after creating a hole at the bottom of the two perimeter fences and crawling through, according to authorities. Elliot was serving a life sentence for fatally shooting four people and burning down their Gladwin County house in 1993. (AP Photo/Michigan State Police) (The Associated Press)

The convicted killer who escaped from a Michigan prison says it "was relatively simple."

Michael Elliot was discovered missing Sunday during an inmate count at the Ionia Correctional Facility, 30 miles east of Grand Rapids. The 40-year-old was arrested Monday in northwestern Indiana, driving a stolen vehicle.

The Detroit Free Press reports ( ) Elliot used his one phone call at the Indiana jail where he's being held on $1 million bond to discuss the escape with the newspaper.

Elliot says he dived into the snow, put on a white ski mask, crawled to a fence and went under it.

He says it took at least 30 minutes to escape and another hour to run to Ionia. He jumped in the snow every time he saw a car.


Information from: Detroit Free Press,

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