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Looking at Michael Elliot's past

GLADWIN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The search continues for convicted murder Michael David Elliot, who escaped from the Ionia County Correctional Facility Sunday night.

Newschannel 3 dug deeper into Elliot's past to reveal what was the story behind his conviction.

According to court documents, it all stems from a crime that happened in August 1993 in Bentley Township.

Three other people were also charged in connection to those murders.

The documents say the crimes -- which include murder, armed robbery and arson -- were all planned out ahead of time.

They say Elliot and three others targeted someone they knew, who was believed to have a large amount of drug money in a storage unit.

The group broke into that storage unit, but could not find the money.

According to the documents, the group then broke into several other storage units and stole a gun, some ammunition and alcohol.

They then decided to go to one of their mom's homes and steal money from there.

Two people stayed in the car, while Elliot and another person went inside.

The documents say Elliot later laughed while he told the other he had shot everyone in the head.

It's said he stole a Cadillac from the victims' home before driving off.

Police later found that Cadillac in a field in Saginaw about a mile from where Elliot lived.

When they tried to arrest him, he took off.

When he was finally caught, however, he tried to give police a fake name.

Elliot then tried to appeal his convictions in 2007, claiming various witnesses were lying to save themselves.

Here is a link to those court documents: Click here.