Man who fled prison for 15 years and raised family in Mich. dies in Alabama jail
Montgomery, Ala. — An Alabama inmate who escaped and raised a family in Michigan before being sent back to prison has died.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports the state prison system confirmed Philip Chance, 59, died earlier this month of heart failure.
Chance was convicted of helping his brother and cousin in the 1972 murder of 81-year-old storekeeper Walter C. Drinkard.
Chance, who was 15 at the time of the murder, contended he was bullied into making a confession and didn’t know his cousin was going to rob and kill the store owner.
Chance served nine years of a life sentence — and then escaped from work release in 1981 and moved to Michigan, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. He married, had two daughters and worked a maintenance job in Michigan.
Two Michigan governors denied extradition requests before a federal court ordered Chance to be returned to Alabama.