Two men sentenced in Glens Falls stabbing death

March 08, 2019 07:38 PM

QUEENSBURY - Family called him "Charlie," and they said his smile could light up a room.

It was one evening last June when Charlie Werner was stabbed on a Glens Falls street after taking a baggie filled with 150 Xanax pills from Skylar Phillips and Nicholas Hamel.


"They killed him," said Briana Perry, Werner's sister.

Prosecutors say Phillips was there to sell the drugs, but Werner grabbed the bag and took off.

Phillips and Hamel gave chase, a fight ensued and Werner was stabbed by Phillips, with a knife that Hamel had with him.

"Just about every day since then has been nothing but pain," said Perry.

Phillips pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month. Judge John Hall imposed the agreed-upon sentence of 15 years.

"This was not my intention, by any means," said Phillips. "I would never intentionally mean to hurt or harm anybody."

As for Hamel, he pleaded guilty on February 20 to attempted assault and was sentenced to two to four years in prison.

"I prayed every day for strength for his family because I couldn't imagine going through what this family has gone through," Hamel said, telling the court he'd recently become religious.

Phillips' attorney, Greg Teresi, blames the system for failing to properly address young people who are mentally ill or drug addicted.

"I can tell you definitively that this community has a problem because Charlie Werner is an individual that went through this system," Teresi said.

Phillips will have to serve at least 12 years. With time already served, Hamel could walk free in a little over a year. Charles Werner doesn't get that chance.

"We are alone and the best part of us is gone forever," said Perry.


Mark Mulholland

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