Jury Trial Scheduled for Attempted Murder Suspect

(Waupun) A jury trial has been scheduled for a former Waupun Correctional inmate in the Christmas Eve attempted murder of a correctional officer. Gregg Philips is already serving life in prison sentence for a 2004 double homicide. The 43-year-old had previously entered a plea a not guilty plea by reason of mental defect in connection with the 2019 incident.
According to the criminal complaint, Phillips stabbed a prison guard in the upper back, neck and head with a shank in the recreational area. Security cameras captured the incident, allegedly showing Phillips make a total of 26 stabbing motions towards the victim, who was able to deflect several of the strikes.
A second correctional officer rushed to the attack and attempted to gain control over Phillips but it was not until a third guard arrived that he was finally restrained. The corrections officer who was stabbed was taken to Waupun Memorial Hospital and then transported to UW Hospital in Madison with 13 stab wounds. He was released from the hospital the following day. Another guard who assisted reported being bit on the wrist by Phillips.
During the attack, Phillips was allegedly overheard saying (quote) “It needed to be done. It didn’t matter who…it was just because he was a blue shirt” and that “a blue shirt needed to die.” Phillips was also reportedly laughing during the incident and just before it was over said (quote) “I quit, I’m done.”
Philips, who is now incarcerated at Green Bay Correctional, was convicted in 2005 of killing his girlfriend and a bystander at the Comfort Suites in Oak Creek. If convicted, Phillips faces an additional 75 years in prison. The jury trial is slated to begin July 24, 2023.