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Charles Phillips Sentenced To Life In Pocomoke Man's Murder

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WORCESTER CO., Md. - A twice convicted murderer learned his fate this morning in Worcester County.
    
This case started back in 2008, when Charles Phillips, who was hired to do yard work, broke into William Nibblett's home in Pocomoke, brutally killing the man.  Five years later, it was still a very emotional case.

WMDT's Jarred Hill could hear the family of Nibblett break into tears when the Judge sentenced his killer a life behind bars.

"It's . . . its' closure, and we can finally heal and know that Dad has justice that he deserved," says Charma Quick, the victim's daughter.

Family and friends of 77-year-old William Nibblett were relieved when a Judge sentenced the man's killer to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"They need this.  They've been through it and back," says Melinda Bagwell a friend of the victim's family.

This wasn't the first time Nibblett's family had been to the Worcester County Court House for this case.  Charles Phillips was originally convicted of first degree murder in 2009.

Charging documents showed the now 34 year old confessed to killing William Nibblett in his home, but in 2012, the Maryland Court of Appeals found investigators violated Phillips' Miranda rights the day he confessed.  Claiming he was wrongfully interrogated by police after requesting his lawyer, the conviction was overturned.

"That was like somebody putting a hole in your boat and you sink right to the bottom," says Bagwell.

In a re-trial this summer a jury found Philips guilty of first degree premeditated murder and well as stealing $300 from Nibblett's home.

In an effort to get the strictest sentence the Worcester County State's Attorney's Office, with William McDermott, Ajene Turnbull, and Diane Cuilhe presented evidence showing Phillips created weapons while in prison.

"Mr. Phillips had demonstrated consistently while he has incarcerated that he wasn't someone who ever would be trusted in the community," says State's Attorney Beau Oglesby.

While family friends know the conviction won't bring Nibblett back -- they're grateful Phillips is off the streets.

Nibblett's daughter, Charma, saying "I don't want him to hurt anyone else and have to through what we went through."

In addition to the life sentence, Phillips also received 20 years for stealing $300 from Nibblett's home.  He has 30 days to file an appeal, and 90 days to file for a reduction in sentence.

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