What Was Worse: Super Bowl XLVIII or a Convicted Felon Escaping Prison?


Detroit Free Press

Courtesy of MCTCampus

A convicted felon, Michael David Elliot, who was charged with four counts of premeditated murder, one count of armed robbery, one count of entry with intent to commit a larceny, one count of arson of a dwelling house, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony that happened in 1993 escaped a Michigan prison while Super Bowl XLVIII was happening.

Elliot was captured Monday evening in LaPorte County, Indiana after a sheriff’s deputy was investigating a stolen vehicle that tried to make a traffic stop. There was a short chase that occurred before the vehicle was pulled over. Elliot escaped by prying a hole in a fence at Ionia Correctional Facility.

Elliot was discovered missing at 9:30 PM by prison guards on Sunday, but surveillance videos have shown that Elliot most likely escaped between 6 PM and 7 PM. Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan told The Associated Press in an email that,”It appears that he created a hole at the bottom of the two perimeter fences of the correctional facility and then crawled through those holes.”

The only other negative thing worse than a convicted felon escaping during the Super Bowl was actually watching the Super Bowl itself.