November 18, 2005
Syracuse Post Standard
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A 26-year-old man will be sentenced to 13 years in
prison for helping a convicted serial kidnapper in the abduction of a
Christopher Phillips of Schroeppel pleaded guilty in Onondaga County
Court Thursday to a felony count of second-degree kidnapping. Sentencing
is scheduled for Nov. 30.
Phillips admitted he and Kevin Schaus abducted a 16-year-old girl in
Syracuse in March 2003 and took her to Oswego County, where she was bound
with duct tape, sexually assaulted and abandoned.
Schaus, 32, of Syracuse, pleaded guilty in June to kidnapping three young
girls, including then-5-year-old Brittany Fish, whose rescue drew
national attention. He also admitted sexually abusing a fourth young girl.
Fish was snatched off a Syracuse street as she was riding her scooter to
a friend’s house two blocks away. She was found alive 20 hours later at
an abandoned warehouse in suburban DeWitt when a passer-by heard her
muffled cries and discovered her under a tarp, bound in duct tape.
In May, Brittany was honored by members of Congress and law-enforcement
officials from around the country and given the National Courage Award
from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at a ceremony
held in Washington.
Syracuse police charged Schaus based partly on a description Brittany
provided police after her rescue.