Ralph "Bucky" Phillips Writes From Prison

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 2, 2007 at 7:06 PM EDT

Ralph Bucky Phillips now sits in a 9 by 7 cell in a northern New York prison.

In this letter to Action News, Phillips talks about life behind bars.

He says he gets few privileges, and spends his time writing letters and reading Western novels.

Last year, he escaped from a county jail and spent 5 months hiding out from the Southern Tier to Western New York.

This was the scene in June 2006, as State Police searched the Harpursville.

He writes, "They had a lot of troopers just down the road from the camp I was at in Harpursville. I sat and watched them standing around...I was a ghost."

During his time on the run, Phillips says he even wore police uniforms and talked with troopers about the search for him.

State Police have denied that claim, but Phillips goes on to write, "They won't tell you I walked right into their own command post and spoke to them about any developments or sightings."

State Police captured Phillips last September.

3 State Troopers had been shot during the manhunt, one died.

Phillips plead guilty, but says he did not want to.

He only did so because his daughter and her mother were dragged into the case.

Phillips says he later tried to change his guilty plea, but the judge denied it.

His former attorney, Richard Rich, says Phillips has 3 separate appeals.

In his letter, Phillips does not specifically deny shooting the troopers or express remorse.

But he believes prosecutors don't have the evidence to prove he shot them.

Phillips writes "I'm confident I will get my day in court...the story that comes out at trial is going to be a dandy."

Phillips is serving a life sentence in prison.

Major Kevin Molinari with State Police Troop C calls Phillips a "murdering punk," and says he is where he should be.

Molinari says Phillips has ruined lives, and it's time people stop giving him attention.

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