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Adam Phillips, center, walked off a work detail at the Roane County Courthouse on Nov. 12. He was captured on Nov. 20.
Why was state prisoner on work crew?

How did an inmate sentenced to state prison end up on a Roane County Jail work crew? That’s a question surrounding the recent escape of Adam Phillips.

“You got to be sentenced before you can be even considered to be on a work detail,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips explained.

Adam Phillips, no relation Tim Phillips, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, theft, burglary and vandalism in July and was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.