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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Reward For Bucky Phillips Was Paid

WESB News: 11/12/08 - 4 People Get Reward for 'Bucky' Capture

Several people are sharing the $100,000 in reward money offered by the New York state troopers' union during the 2006 search for fugitive Ralph "Bucky" Phillips.

A lawyer for the Police Benevolent Association said today that the money was quietly paid out earlier this year with an agreement that the recipients' identities would be kept private. Attorney Thomas Burton said some of those who helped authorities catch Phillips are afraid of retribution from his acquaintances.

Phillips is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting three state troopers, one of them fatally, after escaping from a jail near Buffalo in April 2006. He was captured in a Warren County field in September of 2006.

The PBA originally offered a reward of more than $300,000 for Phillips' capture. The four Pennsylvania residents sharing the money negotiated the amount that was paid out.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of Jack and Gloria Young of Warren has been withdrawn. They say the events leading to Phillips' capture began with their phone call to police after Jack Young saw a man believed to be Phillips on their front porch.


Anonymous said...

Good for them, but it is bull that they didn't get to split the $300k for putting this slime ball back where he belongs!!!

Only bad part about this is the police couldn't save the tax payers a lot of money by putting an end to it when he walked out of that corn field.

Anonymous said...

Since when is a reward "negotiable"?

Anonymous said...

After the suspect is caught!!

Anonymous said...

Yet, this man has more rights in prison, than the officers he shot ever did or ever will.