Inmate who escaped Vandalia prison returning to Fayette County to face charge

Fmarcus batticeAYETTE COUNTY — As we were reporting Tuesday that an Illinois Department of Corrections inmate hadn’t yet been charged with escaping from a Vandalia prison last year, prosecutors in Fayette County were drawing up charges against him.

According to IDOC spokesman Tom Schaer, a warrant was issued Tuesday for 22-year-old Marcus Battice on a charge of escape from a penal institution

Battice is believed to have escaped from the minimum security Vandalia prison in September by scaling the fence somewhere near the back gate when he was returning from commissary.

He has been serving a 4-year sentence out of Cook County on a stolen vehicle conviction, and previously served a 3-year sentence out of DuPage County for a burglary conviction. Battice also faces the loss of previous time served.

Shaer says rather than being paroled on Monday, Battice will likely be transported on Friday from Pontiac Correctional Center, where he has been held since his capture the day after his alleged escape, to the Fayette County jail where he will face the escape charge against him and bail has been set at $125,000

According to Shaer, “IDOC conducted a thorough investigation lasting more than 90 days, not an unusual length because it encompassed Battice’s escape, physical conditions at VCC, employee performance and other factors.”

He says that was completed before the warrant was sought for Battice’s arrest.