Suspected killer sentenced for Kzoo Co. jail escape

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who police say killed his girlfriend last summer and then escaped from the Kalamazoo County jail was sentenced on the escape charge Monday.

Donnovan Lewis was sentenced to a minimum of 17 months, maximum of four years in prison. The judge gave Lewis credit for 145 days already served.

The prosecution said in court the escape was planned. It was added the escape prompted a manhunt and caused concern for members of the community.

Lewis stated his family received threats and went through attempted break-ins, leading to his attempt to escape.

"Due to the emotions of that my mind went to a point of thinking that. I took it into my own hands and was suicidal at the time," said Lewis.

Lewis pleaded guilty to the escape charge earlier this year. There was no plea deal or reduced sentence offered.

Lewis escaped from jail on Sept. 19. Police reports show Lewis was taken to the jail yard for recreation time, where he was allowed to switch from flip flops to shoes. Lewis then scaled two 15-foot fences and escaped.

Lewis is an athlete, and police reports detailed the amazement of deputies and other inmates about how fast he scaled the wire-topped fences.

He was captured about 30 minutes later, wearing only underwear and tennis shoes.

Lewis was previously charged with open murder in the June 28 death of his girlfriend, 24-year-old Aniya Mack. She was found dead in a suitcase in Comstock Creek in June.

According to police, Lewis got into an argument with Mack about her relationship with Rev. Strick Strickland, a preacher at Second Baptist Church.

In the murder case, Lewis is scheduled to have a psychological evaluation, with a case status review scheduled for Feb. 22.

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