Charles Phillips Sentenced To Life In Pocomoke Man's Murder - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Charles Phillips Sentenced To Life In Pocomoke Man's Murder

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • Local NewsDelmarva HeadlinesMore>>

  • Dover Air Force Base Conducting Training Demolitions On Thursday

    Dover Air Force Base Conducting Training Demolitions On Thursday

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:48:04 GMT
    DOVER, Del. - Residents living near a local Air Force base, could hear more noise than usual on Thursday.More >>
    DOVER, Del. - Residents living near a local Air Force base, could hear more noise than usual on Thursday.
    More >>
  • Soldier Convicted In WikiLeaks Case Gets New Name

    Soldier Convicted In WikiLeaks Case Gets New Name

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:36:20 GMT
    Photo Courtesy: APPhoto Courtesy: AP
    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas judge has granted a request to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.More >>
    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas judge has granted a request to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
    More >>
  • VA Toll Road Could Cost $500m, Not Be Built

    VA Toll Road Could Cost $500m, Not Be Built

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:10:35 GMT
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A proposed toll road championed by former Gov. Bob McDonnell might not be built but still cost taxpayers $400 million to $500 million.More >>
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A proposed toll road championed by former Gov. Bob McDonnell might not be built but still cost taxpayers $400 million to $500 million.
    More >>
  • ContestsMore>>

  • Spring Gas Giveaway

    Spring Gas Giveaway

    Let WMDT fill up your tank! It's time for our Spring Gas Giveaway! More >>
    Enter for your chance to win a $100 Exxon/Mobil Gas Card!More >>
  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The WMDT 47 "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Homeless Sex Offenders

    Homeless Sex Offenders

    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
  • Timothy Virts Indicted On Nine Criminal Counts

    Timothy Virts Indicted On Nine Criminal Counts

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:45 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:45:19 GMT
    MARYLAND - A Maryland man accused of kidnapping his own daughter and killing her mother last month, has been formally indicted. Thirty-eight-year-old Timothy Virts led police on a nationwide manhunt, after police say he killed Bobbi Jo Cortez, the mother of his 11-year-old twins, then kidnapped his daughter, Caitlyn, which prompted an amber alert. Three days later, he and Caitlyn were found unharmed at a motel in South Carolina. A grand jury indicted Virts on nine criminal counts including mu...More >>
    MARYLAND - A Maryland man accused of kidnapping his own daughter and killing her mother last month, has been formally indicted. Thirty-eight-year-old Timothy Virts led police on a nationwide manhunt, after police say he killed Bobbi Jo Cortez, the mother of his 11-year-old twins, then kidnapped his daughter, Caitlyn, which prompted an amber alert. Three days later, he and Caitlyn were found unharmed at a motel in South Carolina. A grand jury indicted Virts on nine criminal counts including mu...More >>
  • Spring Gas Giveaway

    Spring Gas Giveaway

    Let WMDT fill up your tank! It's time for our Spring Gas Giveaway! More >>
    Enter for your chance to win a $100 Exxon/Mobil Gas Card!More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.