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Tue Jun 8, 2021, 09:59 PM

Idaho man gets life in prison in cold-case murder and rape

REBECCA BOONE,
Associated Press
June 8, 2021
Updated: June 8, 2021 5:44 p.m.



Brian Leigh Dripps Sr. glances over to members of the Dodge family as he makes a statement during his sentencing in Idaho Falls, Idaho on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. 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 say is the real killer was sentenced to life in prison. Fifty-five-year-old Brian Leigh Dripps Sr. must serve at least 20 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole. (Monte LaOrange/Post Register via AP)Monte LaOrange/AP

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.

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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.

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Angie Dodge had just moved into her own apartment in Idaho Falls in 1996 when she was killed. Prosecutors said Dodge was asleep when Dripps entered her apartment and that he raped her and cut her throat so severely that she was nearly decapitated.

Immediately after the killing, investigators zeroed in on another suspect Christopher Tapp.
Officers with the Idaho Falls Police Department repeatedly questioned him for hours, feeding him details of the case and telling him he could face the death penalty unless he implicated himself and another suspect. Tapp eventually wrongfully confessed to the crime, though he later professed his innocence, and was convicted.

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https://www.chron.com/news/article/Idaho-man-gets-life-in-prison-in-cold-case-murder-16233914.php#photo-21097661

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Angie Dodge

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Christopher Tapp, exonerated




HOW A DISCARDED CIGARETTE LED TO AN ARREST IN IDAHO TEEN ANGIE DODGE'S COLD CASE MURDER
Murder victim's mother pushed investigators to use controversial genetic genealogy to find her daughter's killer

2020
Jun 27

Produced by Judy Rybak, Lindsey Schwartz, Elena DiFiore, Chris O'Connell and Gregory McLaughlin

[This story previously aired on November 9, 2019. It was updated on June 27, 2020.]

When Carol Dodge's daughter Angie was murdered in the summer of 1996, she thought the killer would be brought to justice quickly. Idaho Falls Police had his DNA -- a pristine sample.

But for nearly two decades police couldn't find a match to the DNA, so in 2014, then-case Detective Patrick McKenna searched a small DNA database owned by Ancestry.com, which used to be public, and got a hit.

"It led us to this Michael Usry Jr. who just happened to be a filmmaker," Dodge tells CBS News correspondent Anne-Marie Green.

"'Murderabilia' got me the reputation of being a person who is really into murder," Usry Jr. says of his short film.

Usry Jr. turned out not to be the killer and joined with Dodge's mother to search for the man who left his DNA at the scene.

IN SEARCH OF A KILLER

Video at link:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/angie-dodge-murder-how-a-discarded-cigarette-led-to-an-arrest-in-idaho-falls-teens-cold-case/

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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 06:22 PM

1. a grim reminder killers, abusers, rapists, & other brutal people walk among us

I'm glad a chain of evidence was preserved enough to get this guy tracked down. I just have to wonder about how much damage he did, how many lives he ruined over the last 25 years.

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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 12:16 AM

2. Amazing story!

Fucking cops and their coerced confessions.

Glad to see the real killer caught.

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