Inmate dies while in custody at Maine Correctional Center

Posted June 29, 2015, at 4:36 p.m.
Last modified June 29, 2015, at 6:10 p.m.

WINDHAM, Maine — A 51-year-old man serving nine months for operating after habitual offender revocation died early Monday while in custody at the Maine Correctional Center.

Jeppie Phillips had served about seven weeks of a nine-month, one-day sentence for operating after habitual offender revocation with two priors, a Class C felony.

According to the Sun Journal, Phillips most recently lived in Lewiston.

Phillips died at about 2:30 a.m. Monday, according to a release from the Maine Department of Corrections.

According to the release, Maine State Police and the office of the state medical examiner were notified and are reviewing the death, according to policy.

The PenBay Pilot reported last summer that Phillips was arrested after state police stopped to assist a stranded motorist on Interstate 295 in Bowdoinham. Phillips, who was 50 at the time, was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on a charge of operating a motor vehicle after suspension, the paper reported.

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