Escaped Roosevelt County inmate sentenced

Stephen Phillips

ROOSEVELT, N.M. (KRQE) – An inmate who escaped through the roof of the Roosevelt County jail a year ago is going to remain behind bars for at least the next 10 years.

Stephen Phillips, 21, was sentenced Wednesday for the escape and other felony charges.

Phillips and another inmate fled the jail last June through an air conditioning vent.

He injured his leg during the escape and was caught at a nearby home an hour later.

At the time of the escape, Phillips was serving time for auto burglary charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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