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Highway sign: "Turn Bucky loose so we can stone him to death"

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Posted at 2:10 PM, Sep 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-15 14:10:35-04

The Chautauqua County town of Pomfret is removing a highway sign that encouraged people to kill convicted killer Ralph 'Bucky' Phillips.

The temporary sign, which warns drivers in the area of Kelly Hill and Bachelor Hill to be cautious of 'Loose Stone,' was modified with tape and black marker to read "Let Bucky Loose So We Can Stone Him To Death."

Phillips is serving life in prison for shooting three New York State troopers after escaping from the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden in 2006. One of the troopers, Joseph Longobardo, died.

Town of Pomfret Highway Superintendent Daniel Bigelow tells 7 Eyewitness News the town wasn't aware of the modifications made to the sign but is removing all temporary signs in that area because road work has been completed.