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Monday
Jun202011

Dalia Dippolito's Husband Speaks About Wife Hiring Hit Man to Kill Him

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Mike Dippolito, the man whose wife was caught on camera hiring a hit man to kill him, didn't feel any joy when Dalia Dippolito was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week.

"It didn't necessarily make me feel good.  It makes you realize how serious what was really going on was," said Mike Dippolito.  "It's just something you can't imagine anybody could really, really do.  It was so senseless for a girl, my wife...to take those steps to do that.  It was so unnecessary."

In 2009, detectives in Boynton Beach, Fla., set up an undercover sting operation targeting Dalia Dippolito after being tipped off by an old lover that she wanted her husband dead.  She was caught on camera hiring an undercover police officer who she thought was a hit man and seen faking tears in a mock crime scene set up by police to make her think her husband had been murdered.

The couple had been married just six months and strange things began happening to Mike Dippolito shortly after the marriage began.  His money would go missing and somebody had planted drugs in his car trunk.

"I was in love with my wife…that day when they told me your wife is going to have you murdered, everything just sort of fell into place...it just solidified for me I'm not crazy," Mike Dippolito said.  "I think she might have loved me for a week."

Since learning of the plot, Mike Dippolito said that he's suffered a nervous breakdown.  The couple are still married and are working on their divorce proceedings.

When her family begged for leniency as Dalia Dippolito wiped away tears last week, Judge Jeffrey Colbath said the 28-year-old woman took advantage of the man who loved her.

"You used guile and sophistry to dupe others into your web of deception.  You were the puppet master that was pulling all the strings...It was pure evil," Colbath said.

Outside of the courtroom, Mike Dippolito supported the judge's ruling.

"I wish we were never here, and as far as the sentence, I'm 5,000 percent happy with it," he said.

The 5,000 percent Mike Dippolito mentioned was in reference to the undercover video showing his wife saying she was "5,000 percent sure" she wanted him dead.

During her trial, Dalia Dippolito's defense team claimed that the plot was fake and a ploy to get a reality television show.  Her lawyers claimed her husband, Mike, was in on the plot too.  Mike Dippolito has denied those claims.

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Friday
Jun172011

Florida Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for Murder Sting

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Dalia Dippolito, the Florida woman who was found guilty of hiring a hitman to kill her husband just six months after they got married, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday.

Going into the sentencing, Dippolito, 28, faced up to 30 years in prison for solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

She was arrested in 2009 after detectives in Boynton Beach, Florida set up an undercover sting operation targeting her after they were tipped off by an old friend that Dippolito wanted her husband, Mike Dippolito, dead.

Working with police, the friend, Mohamed Shihadeh, set up a meeting for Dippolito with a "hit man" who was actually an undercover Boynton Beach police officer.  Their conversation, too, was videotaped.

The meeting was recorded on hidden camera and shows the officer, Widy Jean, warning Dippolito that once their meeting ended, she wouldn't have an opportunity to change her mind about having her husband killed.

After Dippolito "hired" Jean, there was more camera work to be done.  They set up a fake crime scene at the Dippolitos' home to make sure it looked like Mike Dippolito really had been murdered.  When Dalia Dippolito arrived at the house and was told by police that her husband had been killed, two cameras caught her erupting into a fit of tears.

The police called it the worst acting job they'd ever seen.  They said the act continued in the police station interrogation room, where Dalia Dippolito denied killing her husband.

The tapes, of course, told a different story.  Police arrested Dippolito and, this past April, she went on trial on charges of solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

Dippolito's lawyers couldn't deny what was on those police tapes, but attorney Michael Salnick told the jury that nothing was what it seemed.  He claimed that Dippolito's husband was never going to be a victim.  Instead, he said, Mike Dippolito orchestrated the whole thing.

Defense attorneys argued Mike Dippolito was a fan of shows like the Jersey Shore and Cheaters which led him to plan a fake murder-for-hire so he and his wife could get their own reality show.

Dalia Dippolito expected her husband to tell investigators it was a hoax after she was arrested, defense lawyers said.  But when Mike Dippolito took the stand, he rejected the reality show idea.

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Wednesday
Jun152011

Newlywed Faces Up to 30 Years in Prison for Murder Sting

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- It was a twisted South Florida story of greed, money and a murder plot, all caught on tape.

And it will come to a conclusion on Thursday when Dalia Dippolito gets sentenced for hiring a hitman to kill her husband just six months after they got married.  Dippolito, 28, faces up to 30 years in prison.

In 2009, detectives in Boynton Beach, Florida set up an undercover sting operation targeting Dippolito after being tipped off by an old friend that Dippolito wanted her husband, Mike Dippolito, dead.

Police decided the best thing to do was to equip the friend's car with a hidden camera, which eventually would record Dippolito discussing hiring a hitman to kill her husband.

Working with police, the friend, Mohamed Shihadeh, set up a meeting for Dippolito with a "hitman" who was actually an undercover Boynton Beach police officer.  Their conversation, too, was videotaped.

The tape shows the officer, Widy Jean, warning Dippolito that once their meeting ended, she wouldn't have an opportunity to change her mind about having her husband killed.

"There's no changing, no, like there's no changing," Dippolito replied.  "I'm positive, like 5,000 percent sure."

After Dippolito "hired" Jean, there was more camera work to be done.  They set up a fake crime scene at the Dippolitos' home to make sure it looked like Mike Dippolito really had been murdered.  When Dalia Dippolito arrived at the house and was told by police that her husband had been killed, two cameras caught her erupting into a fit of tears.

The police called it the worst acting job they'd ever seen.  They said the act continued in the police station interrogation room, where Dalia Dippolito denied killing her husband.

Videotape from the police station shows police eventually bringing Dippolito's "hitman" into the room and asking if she knew him.

"I've never seen him before, ever," was Dippolito's reply.

The tapes, of course, told a different story.  Police arrested Dippolito and, this past April, she went on trial on charges of solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

Dippolito's lawyers couldn't deny what was on those police tapes, but attorney Michael Salnick, told the jury that nothing was what it seemed.  He claimed that Dippolito's husband was never going to be a victim.  Instead, he said, Mike Dippolito orchestrated the whole thing.

Defense attorneys argued Mike Dippolito was a fan of shows like the Jersey Shore and Cheaters which led him to plan a fake murder-for-hire so he and his wife could get their own reality show.

Dalia Dippolito expected her husband to tell investigators it was a hoax after she was arrested, defense lawyers said.  But when Mike Dippolito took the stand, he rejected the reality show idea.

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Wednesday
May112011

Dalia Dippolito Trial: Cops Admit Lie in Hitman Sting to Kill Husband

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Police admitted that as part of an elaborate sting operation they lied to a Florida woman on trial for allegedly hiring a hit man to murder her husband.

The wife's defense has claimed that she thought the whole thing was part of a reality TV show her husband wanted to do.

Boynton Beach Police Sgt. Paul Sheridan testified Tuesday that he misled Dalia Dippolito about the purpose of the waiver she signed for the police sting, to be taped for the fictional reality show, Cops.

When asked if he lied to the woman about what the waiver was for, he said, "yes."

Dalia Dippolito is facing charges of solicitation to commit first-degree murder.  In 2009, she allegedly hired an undercover police officer posing as a hit man to kill her husband, Michael Dippolito.

"If the defense had just been about what the cops did here, that the cops were negligent…this would become a very significant point," said said Dan Abrams, ABC News legal analyst.  "The more the defense can make this feel icky and make it muddle what the investigators did, the better off they are."

Dippolito and her defense team contend that the murder-for-hire plot was part of her husband's elaborate plan to get his own reality television show and that no one was actually going to be killed.  She expected her husband to tell police of the plot once she'd been arrested, defense attorneys argued.

The trial is close to wrapping up and Abrams said it's crucial for Dalia Dippolito to take the stand for her defense to have a chance.

Dalia Dippolito's former husband, Michael, has denied that the incident was a reality show plot.  He testified in April that he was absolutely shocked to discover that six months into his marriage, his wife was plotting to have him killed.

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