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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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Wednesday
Apr272011

Florida Woman Uses Reality TV Defense in Murder for Hire Trial

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- The Florida woman on trial for allegedly hiring a hit man to kill her husband is using an unusual defense: it was a scripted ploy to snag a reality TV show.

Dalia Dippolito, 30, 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, Mike Dippolito.

In opening statements Tuesday, Dalia Dippolito's defense team claimed that the hiring of a hit man to kill her husband was a big hoax and that Dalia Dippolito's husband, Mike, was in on the scheme.  The defense argues that the couple was committing the hoax to get a reality show.

Mike Dippolito denied that, taking the stand and testifying that he was absolutely shocked to discover that six months into his marriage, his wife was plotting to have him killed.

In 2009, detectives set up an undercover sting operation which included telling Dalia Dippolito that her husband had been killed.  All of the sting was caught on camera by the crew of the reality show Cops.

Video showed Dalia Dippolito crying when she learned her husband had been murdered and asking to see him.  Surveillance video caught her planning the murder.

"I just need to make sure everything is going to be taken care of," she told the police officer posing as the hit man.

The defense argues that it was Mike Dippolito, a convicted felon on probation, who orchestrated the entire thing.

Defense attorneys argued Mike Dippolito was a fan of shows like the Jersey Shore and Cheaters, which lead 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.

While the defense might argue that her husband craved the attention of a reality show, Dalia Dippolito was the one with the reality TV experience.  As a teenager, she appeared on an expisode of The Jamie Kennedy Experiment that included a fake hit man.

ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams said that for the defense of reality TV to work, Dalia Dippolito will have to take the stand.

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