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Phil Mincey Had Escaped Custody Before
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Phil Mincey, a Dodge County man convicted of murder, is still missing from custody. He failed to return Friday night to the Macon Transitional Center, where he was on a work-release program.

Court documents say before Mincey murdered a woman in 1985, he had served time for escaping the Dodge County jail. 

District Attorney Tim Vaughn says Mincey was sentenced to life in August 1985 for felony murder. He was convicted of fatally shooting Mary Ann Harris in March of that year.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office says they're following possible leads on Mincey. Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil would not answer questions about the case, including how Mincey was put in a work-release program.

According to court documents, Mincey murdered Harris just weeks after he was released from prison. He had served three years for escaping the Dodge County jail in 1980.

Vaughn says local law enforcement immediately took action after learning Mincey had not returned to custody last week.

"The authorities here were notifying people that were concerned with this case, and some relatives that he may have some ill will towards, that he was on the loose," according to Vaughn.

Vaughn says Mincey could face charges for this escape, adding five to ten years to his sentence.

Mary Ann Harris' son said he was "ticked off" when he found out about Mincey's escape and he said he hopes they catch him quickly.

The State Department of Corrections says Mincey is about 5'10" and 179 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

If you have any information on the case, you can call the Dodge County Sheriff's office at 478-374-8131.

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