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Idaho man has life in cold-case murder and rape

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Eighteen-year-old Angie Dodge was raped and killed in her Idaho home a quarter-century ago and an innocent man wrongly served 20 years in prison for the crime. On Tuesday, the man authorities have said is the real killer was sentenced to life in prison.Brian Leigh Dripps Sr., 55, must serve at…

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Eighteen-year-old Angie Dodge was raped and killed in her Idaho home a quarter-century past and an innocent man wrongly served 20 years in prison for the offense. On Tuesday, the man authorities have said is the true killer was sentenced to life in prison.

Brian Leigh Dripps Sr., 55, has to serve at least 20 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole, 7th District Judge Joel Tingey said.

(Decision )Dripps’ defense attorneys say his medical problems — including a history of heart issues and an autoimmune disease — makes it unlikely that he will live long enough to get parole.

“Twenty-five years is quite a long time to wait for some type of closed on this kind of a brutal crime,” Tingey said. “… It’s impossible to measure how much harm was caused, and it is spread wide.”

(Decision )Angie Dodge had just moved to her own apartment in Idaho Falls at 1996 when she was murdered. Prosecutors said Dodge was asleep when Dripps entered her apartment and that he raped her and cut her throat so severely that she was almost decapitated.

Immediately after the killing, investigators zeroed in on a different defendant — Christopher Tapp.

(*)Officers together with the Idaho Falls Police Department repeatedly questioned him for hoursfeeding him details of the situation and telling him he could face the death penalty unless he implicated himself along with another defendant. Tapp eventually wrongfully confessed to the crime, though he later professed his innocence, and has been convicted.

But Tapp needed the aid of both the advocacy group the Innocence Project and Dodge’s mum, Carol Dodge.

DNA evidence collected from the crime scene was not examined until 2016 and it showed that Tapp’s genetic material wasn’t within the sample. He was released in 2017 after reaching a deal in which his murder sentence was reduced to time served and the rape conviction was vacated.

Meanwhile, researchers periodically worked the chilly case, hoping to uncover what actually happened the night D

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