Phillips is sentenced to life in prison for the crime of accessory before the fact of murder and soliciting a minor to commit a felony. The jury takes two hours to decide. Prosecutors:
No family should have to endure what the Phillips family has had to endure. They have not been able to wake up from this nightmare and they still miss Jamil tremendously. Hopefully, this verdict will give them some closure and allow them to begin the healing process. I also hope it sends a clear message horrific, premeditated acts of murder will not be tolerated on the streets of Abbeville County or anywhere else in the Eighth Circuit.