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Escapee Phillip Paul's family says they are relieved

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YAKIMA, Wash.- For days, people were searching for Phillip Paul and concerned he could be dangerous. His family just wanted to make sure no one got hurt.

People in Central Washington were on the look out wary of seeing Paul nearby. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and admitted to killing his neighbor in 1987. Through all this, his family says their concern was his well-being.

"We're very happy he has been caught and that no harm came to him or anyone else you know just because of all the hype in the media some people take the vigilante approach," said Bruce Paul, Phillip's brother. 

Paul's family was there for his arrest in Goldendale on Sunday. While there's talk that Paul should have faced harsher consequences for the murder, his family believes being in the Eastern State Hospital is the right choice.

"He can't just be cut loose and live on his own, he has to be constantly in contact with medical persons...had he been charged the regular murder charges he would've been facing life and probably would be out by now, 20 years is a long time," said Paul.

Paul's family says he will continue to be under medication and get psychiatric evaluations at the hospital.
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