JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The teen convicted of killing Maddie Clifton is talking behind bars.
Police arrested Joshua Phillips as a 14 year old for beating and stabbing Maddie to death in 1998. He hid her body under his waterbed and slept there for a week before his mother discovered the body. The news devastated the community.
Phillips received life in prison with no chance of parole.
Now at the age of 24, Phillips is telling his story from the Hardee Correctional Institution in an exclusive interview to our news partner, the Florida Times-Union.
Phillips says he thinks about Maddie Clifton all the time but when it comes to a written apology, he just can't.
Phillips says Maddie's family deserves one in person so that they could see his sincerity.
He also wants a second chance, but knows he'll never get one as a free man.
He's also doing a lot of thinking about growing up and dying in prison.