Sentencing Date Set for Mark Steven Phillips, Convicted Drug-Smuggling Fugitive On the Run 31 Years
|Mark Steven Phillips|
According to an official Notice of Sentencing filed today, on May 26, at 9:30 a.m., Phillips, 62, is scheduled to stand before the same U.S. District Judge -- James Lawrence King -- from whose court he fled so many years ago.
On February 4, 1980, Phillips was found guilty of seven felony counts, for which he still faces what could be more than 30 years in prison.
"He never sold so much as a seed of pot and was no insider in the Black Tunas," Robert Platshorn, founder of the Black Tuna gang, told me when Phillips was arrested. "He is a nice guy and may now spend the rest of his life in federal prison. After 32 years, to hunt down and 'capture' a bit player in a pot case is no credit to our government. It's a big waste of money. And a long jail term will be an even bigger waste of tax bucks."
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