GRAND RAPIDS(WZZM) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says he is waiting to get the facts before deciding who or what is to blame for a prison break on Super Bowl Sunday.
During thebroadcast of the game,convicted murderer Michael Elliot, 40,escaped through the fence at the Ionia Correctional Facility in Ionia, MI. He was captured 24 hours later driving a stolen car in LaPorte, Indiana. During a stop in Grand Rapids, the governor said he's heard all the theories and speculation about the escape.
During a stop in Grand Rapids, the governor said he's heard all the theories and speculation about the escape.
Some have said budget cuts left the prison without enough guards, while others speculate corrections officers were distracted by the Super Bowl on television and didn't notice the escape.
Gov. Snyder says he doesn't yet know what happened.
"Let's wait and get the facts," Snyder said in Grand Rapids Thursday. "I've seen a tremendous amount of speculation. Shouldn't we do a thorough investigation, see what the issues were, what the recommendations are and take action based on that?" Gov. Snyder says the state will take whatever appropriate actions are necessary to prevent future escapes.
Gov. Snyder says the state will take whatever appropriate actions are necessary to prevent future escapes.
Last year we trained several hundred new corrections officers and we gave them new tools and resources,
Tasers and cameras and electronic devices to be coupled with additional corrections officers. This is something we have been actively looking at.