BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - He's serving a life sentence for shooting three State Troopersand triggering one of the biggest manhunts in state history. ButRalph Bucky Phillips isn't serving his sentence in silence.
It's been three years since Ralph Phillips escaped through theroof of the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden.
During his five months on the run, he shot three State Troopers,killing Trooper Joseph Longobardo who had a wife and child.
Phillips is now serving life without parole in the maximumsecurity Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York.
In his two and a half years there, he's racked up nine separatemisbehavior reports: October 2007, Conspiracy to Assault staff,Conspiracy to cause an explosion. Guards intercepted a letter inwhich he wrote, "So have you ordered the anti tank gun, and M203Grenade Launcher. Gotta have them and dont forget to bring thespecial bottle of biological bird flu on the next visit. Just tapeit to an M-100 and toss it into the main control as you comein."
Then just this past February he faced more sanctions, forthrowing food trays at a guard.
Less than a week later, guards read in his outgoing mail, a planto kick an officer who wrote a misbehavior report and break hisjaw.
Around that same time, he wrote News 4 a letter: "I thought Imight provide you with a little tidbit which may be of interest tothe general public about the prison system as a whole. Prisons runthemselves Mr. Richert. The inmates today are passive compared toyester year. The guards have to initiate problems against inmatesin order to justify more staffing in places like SHU where Iam."
SHU stands for Special Housing Unit.
Erik Kriss of the New York State Department of Corrections said,"What youre talking about is 23 hours per day isolation, and it's atool that the system uses to basically try to keep the prison safe,and sanction those who create trouble."
Phillips says he has two lawsuits against the Department ofCorrections; one of which is that he's forced to live with inmateswith mental health problems. Also, Phillips claims the guardscreate the problems.
Kriss said, "Our feeling about our staff is that the officerswork in difficult conditions and they do an excellent job."
In another letter to News 4 last December, Phillips evencompared his living conditions to the Bike Path Killer AltemioSanchez: "Did it strike you odd he's not sitting where I am, or thefact that he has all his privileges and I'm without anything,locked in a cage 23 hours a day?"
Kriss said, "All I would say about his misbehavior reports isthey speak for themselves."
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