Saratoga DA: Man gets 40 years in Caroline Street slashing in Saratoga Springs

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BALLSTON SPA – A man originally from Schenectady was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison for a 2021 slashing on Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County District Attorney’s officials said.

Chalmers D. Davis, 44, originally of Schenectady, was convicted after trial in March of first-degree assault and other charges in connection with the Aug. 10, 2021 attack. Davis was described at the time as a Saratoga Springs resident.

Davis nearly stabbed one man to death and came within inches of slashing another man’s throat following an alleged verbal dispute on Caroline Street, prosecutors said.

The victim survived the attack with the help of several good Samaritans and the quick response of the Saratoga Springs Police Department, prosecutors said. Officers immediately applied a tourniquet to the victim’s arm and EMS rushed him to Albany Medical Center for emergency surgery, saving his life.

Prosecutor Joseph A. Frandino asked Friday for the maximum term, highlighting a lengthy violent criminal history, officials said.

“The Defendant is someone who will nearly kill someone over a perceived personal insult, genuinely believe that he’s done nothing wrong, and afterward deem those he nearly killed to be less valuable than himself,” Frandino said, according to the District Attorney’s office.

Davis addressed the court himself, according to prosecutors, saying he wished that “none of that stuff happened that night… (they) should have reached a peaceful resolution.”

Judge James A. Murphy III replied, according to prosecutors, “if only (defendant) had tried to reach a peaceful resolution, we would not be here.”

The judge then imposed sentence, finding Davis had offered a “superficial level of remorse at best.” The judge said Davis’ acts were “callus and demonstrated a complete disregard for human life,” according to prosecutors.

District Attorney Karen Heggen, in a statement, noted the quick response from police prevented the case from becoming a murder trial.

“This conviction and sentence should send a strong message to anyone who chooses to come to downtown Saratoga Springs and break the law as these decisions have consequences,” Heggen’s statement read. “As evidenced by Mr. Davis’ conviction and sentence, very significant consequences.”

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