More Prison Time For Ralph "Bucky" Phillips

By Mike Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 20, 2006 at 8:43 PM EDT

Waving to cameras in handcuffs, Ralph "Bucky" Phillips is escorted into the county courthouse in Elmira.

Inside, he was sentenced to 40 years to life for shooting New York State Trooper Sean Brown.

Brown was there, and says he's pleased with the sentence.

"I think he's a coward. I think he's a danger to society and I'm glad he's going to be where he's going to be at," says Brown.

Last month Phillips pled guilty to shooting Trooper Brown here in the Town of Veteran on June 10th.

He asked the judge today to throw out his guilty plea and he asked for a new lawyer.

Both were denied.

Chemung County District Attorney John Trice says Phillips was upset because he couldn't choose
his own prison cell.

"If I don't get what I want I'm going to take my plea back. Anybody can say what they want but the court doesn't play games like that," says Chemung County District Attorney John Trice.

Phillips' sister says his family will keep supporting him.

"I don't condone what my brother did, it was wrong and somebody got hurt. Everybody knows why he pled guilty, so we'll go from here. It's not over," says Phillips' sister Mitty Cornelius.

Phillips' lawyer Richard Rich also says the case might not be over.

Rich says Phillips will appeal this sentence. Rich plans to file the appeal papers even if he's no longer Phillips' attorney.

It'll be up to the state Department of Corrections to decide which prison Phillips will serve his sentence.

40 to life Wednesday, life without parole Tuesday for killing another trooper in western New York.

Phillips will never be a free man again.

He will die in prison.

By the way, Trooper Brown is back on the job.

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