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Seneca man in New York eludes police for months

A Seneca man from New York has eluded police for five months, leaving a trail of violence as he moves across the state.

Ralph J. Phillips, also known as Bucky, escaped from a county jail on April 2. The 44-year-old man, who is said to have grown up on one of the Seneca reservations, only had 10 days left on a 90-day sentence for parole violations.

Since his escape, police say he shot two state troopers on August 31. One of the troopers died. He is also considered a suspect in the shooting of another trooper on June 10 and in a robbery.

Phillips has a long criminal history and has been in and out of prison several times. But friends and family say he never committed acts of serious violence despite his checkered past.

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After Years Behind Bars, Now a Life on the Run (The New York Times 9/8)