Suspected killer pleads guilty to escaping jail

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who police say killed his girlfriend last summer and then escaped from the Kalamazoo County jail was back in court Thursday afternoon.

Surrounded by sheriff’s deputies, a shackled Donnovan Lewis walked into a Kalamazoo courtroom, where he pleaded guilty to felony escape.

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.

On Thursday, Lewis only pleaded guilty to the escape charge, which he will be sentenced for on Feb. 11. There was no plea deal or reduced sentence offered.

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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