NY killer accused of having 'escape' items in cell

By the Associated Press | October 22, 2011 | 12:15 PM EDT

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — A career criminal who killed a New York state trooper after escaping from prison in 2006 has been accused of possessing "escape paraphernalia" at the prison where he's serving a life sentence for the slaying.

State corrections department officials told newspapers in Buffalo and Elmira on Tuesday that Ralph "Bucky" Phillips was charged with violating prison regulations Monday after a search of his cell in a special housing unit turned up prohibited items. He's being held at the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York.

Officials aren't commenting on the exact nature of the items.

Phillips shot and wounded two troopers and fatally wounded a third after he escaped from a Buffalo-area jail. He spent five months on the run before being captured in western Pennsylvania.