Aaron Phillips was convicted of second degree murder in 1986 and sentenced to life without parole. Aaron and and older acquaintance were involved in an unarmed robbery of an elderly man in Pottstown, Pa.The man died 18 days later from medical complications that authorities said were related to the robbery. Aaron’s acquaintance, Dennis Gibbs, cut a deal with the prosecution to testify against Aaron, who was 17.
Convinced he would be exonerated, Aaron’s parents forbade him from taking a plea deal that Montgomery County prosecutors offered. Gibbs, who was 22 at the time of the crime, was released some 20 years ago. Aaron recently began his third decade in prison.