(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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