Man who escaped Vandalia prison found fit to stand trial following treatment

FAYETTE COUNTY — A 25-year-old Chicago man who escaped in 2014 from the Vandalia Correctional Center has been found fit to stand trial after spending the last several months at the Chester Mental Health Center.

Marcus Battice (Source: IDOC)
Marcus Battice
(Source: IDOC)

According to a report filed by the Department of Human Services, Marcus Battice is now fit to stand trial and a fitness hearing is scheduled for July 29 in Fayette County Court.

Battice is charged with Class 2 felony escape by a felon from a penal institution. He had just about four months remaining at VCC on his original 4-year sentence for unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle at the time of his escape.

Battice was found on a frontage road just north of Interstate 70 about 18 hours after escaping and was transferred to Pontiac Correctional Center until being sent to Chester.