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Judge upholds death sentence for escapee

ANDALUSIA (AP) — A circuit judge has upheld a jury's recommendation and sentenced Bobby O'Lee Phillips to die for the November 2002 slaying of a Gantt man while Phillips was a jail escapee.

Circuit Judge Charles Short, at the sentencing Wednesday, also ordered Phillips to pay restitution to the victims of his crimes. He was convicted in March of capital murder for killing Paul D. LeMaster outside his home and stealing his truck and wallet shortly after Phillips and Oscar Ray Doster had escaped from the Covington County Jail.

Doster was convicted last September of capital murder in LeMaster's death and is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole. District Attorney Greg Gambril said Phillips was the shooter who killed LeMaster.

"These things should not happen in Covington County and we as a people will not tolerate it," Gambril said.

After the sentence was announced, Phillips was taken to Holman Prison near Atmore, where Alabama's death row inmates are housed. Appeals are automatic under Alabama's capital punishment law.

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