Michael C. Burham is placed into a Border Patrol car after being captured July 15. Photo used with permission from the photographer, David Vermilyea

Burham Being Housed at Erie (Pa.) County Jail; Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution Charge Added

July 16, 2023

ERIE, Pa. – Michael C. Burham, the prisoner who escaped the Warren County Jail July 6 before being recaptured July 15, is being housed in the Erie (Pa.) County Jail.

Burham, who escaped the Warren County Jail in the late hours of July 6 was brought back into custody just before 6 p.m. July 15.

After being recaptured in Conewango Township, Burham was taken to the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Warren. He was detained by U.S. Marshall under a federal warrant for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution and was transferred to the Erie County Jail, where he arrived at around midnight July 15 into July 16 according to Erie News Now.

The Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the Pennsylvania State Police, George Bivens, in a media conference in Youngsville Saturday evening following Burham’s apprehension, had said Burham would not be returning to the Warren County Jail.

“A determination will be made where he will be housed following his arraignment,” Bivens said Saturday night. “It will not be in the Warren County facility. We are still determining where he will go.”

According to Erie News Now, Erie County learned it would be taking custody of Burham Saturday although County Executive Brenton Davis said the Jail was making plans to house Burham even before he was captured.

“Erie County Prison is the most secure facility in Western Pennsylvania,” Davis told Erie News Now. “I would stack our jail up to just about any in the country so that is another reason why even leading up to this there was plans that when he was caught and we knew he would be caught that he would come here. There is absolutely no chance he is getting out of here.”

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