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Why was the manhunt suspect even out of jail? Digging into Michael Vance’s criminal history

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LUTHER, Okla. - Michael Vance was just 21 years old when he first landed behind bars.

His first criminal charge came back in 1999: a misdemeanor count of assault and battery in Lincoln County.

Then, in 2001, Vance was charged with a felony for writing bogus checks.

That charge was later dismissed.

The Payne County jail has also hosted Vance.

He pleaded guilty to a felony count of bogus check writing in Payne County in 2001.

Vance was sentenced to drug treatment and five years probation.

He completed the community service, but a judge revoked his suspended sentence because he failed to pay court fees.

In 2014 and 2015, there were five victim protective orders filed in Oklahoma County.

The first V.P.O. was filed against Vance by a woman.

The four V.P.O. requests would come at Vance's request.

He filed on various women and children.

All of those were dismissed by the court when Vance failed to show up at the scheduled court appearance.

Then, over the summer of 2016, the Lincoln County district attorney filed a felony child sex abuse charge, involving rape by instrumentation.

The judge in that case let Vance out of jail on a $25,000 bond.

While it may seem surprising to some an accused deviant could get out of jail so easily, legal expert Scott Adams speculates even law enforcement couldn't have seen this coming.

"From looking at his criminal history, there's nothing anyone in law enforcement or in the judicial system would have said this guy is going to do what he has apparently done now," Adams said. "This man has gone off the deep end for some reason. He has shot law enforcement. He has stolen vehicles and driven across the state of Oklahoma. How he did that is beyond me. He got all the way to Sayre. I'd say his days are numbered."

According to statewide records, Vance has racked up speeding tickets all over Oklahoma.

A quick search of the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network reveals 10 speeding tickets in five different Oklahoma counties.

Those court records show Vance has been married twice and divorced twice.

He's also been involved in a number of civil lawsuits for failing to pay bills and child support.

He is wanted on two counts of first degree murder, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and being in possession of firearm with prior felony conviction.