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Murder Victims' Daughter Speaks About Escaped Criminal

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UPDATE: 6 News spoke with Stacy Ramsay again after Michael Elliot was captured.

"This whole time, it was like the feeling of not being able to take a full breath. Then to know he was captured, it took about an hour and I was finally able to breathe right and break down and cry and actually grieve the process, you know, of his escape," she told 6 News.

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GLADWIN COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) - An inmate at Ionia Correctional Facility escaped Sunday, Feb. 2. Officials say Michael Elliot, 40, got through two fences that should have had an electrical current and motion sensor.

Court records for the 1993 case against Elliot, show when the then 20-year-old when fatally shot four people in a robbery in Gladwin County. Police say Elliot and his accomplices were trying to steal money from a drug dealer.

He was arrested a few days later and possessed a gun that was tied to the slayings. One of Elliot's co-defendants testified against him, saying he laughed about shooting the victims in the head. He was convicted for four counts of first degree murder, armed robbery, arson, entering without breaking and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, sending him to prison for life without parole.

Stacy Ramsay, the daughter of two of Elliot's victims, spoke to 6 News about her parents' killer being on the loose.

"I haven't thought about him in a very long time. I forgave him a long time ago. I had to move on with my life because I carried so much anger for so long and it took me to a lot of dark places and I didn't want to be there anymore. So I did forgive him and moved on and it's just shocking to get a call out of nowhere saying that he's now escaped," said Ramsay.

"I think he's capable of killing people. I mean any, I won't even call him a person, any monster that can take four people's lives in the manner that he did. He shot my mom in the face and he set the house on fire. A monster that can do that to four people is not going to have a second thought about hurting somebody else to stay free," she said.

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