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Prisoner escapes from Carrera Island

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Rio Claro man facing additional months to his nearly completed jail sentence reportedly jumped into the choppy waters off Carrera Island Prison yesterday afternoon and has not been seen since.

Unil Phillip, 45, was sentenced to five years and three months in prison for possession of a shotgun and six rounds of ammunition in July 2015 and would have been released in January of 2019. Yesterday, Phillip reportedly had a fight with a fellow inmate and was charged with assault. He was being taken to be adjudicated when he fled the prison. If found guilty of the new charge while incarcerated, he would have had months added on to his sentence.

Phillip reportedly broke free from the clutches of prison officers and ran towards the fencing before climbing and jumping into the waters below. The escape took place around midday, prison officials said.

Coast Guard officials said they were informed around 4.15 pm and began the search for him, which up to last night was unsuccessful. Prison officials said they fear Phillip may have drowned

Phillip is the third person in the past two years to escape from the prison. In 2015, Leroy “Redo” Mohammed and Steve “Boops” Mc Gilvery both escaped from the facility. Mohammed was killed by police in a shoot-out on October 2, while Mc Gilvery was recaptured in Sea Lots after being shot by police in July.