An Idaho man who confessed to a cold-case slaying that sent an innocent man to prison for nearly 20 years has been sentenced to life behind bars.
Brian Leigh Dripps Sr., 55, who pleaded guilty in February to raping and fatally stabbing 18-year-old Angie Dodge in Idaho Falls in 1996, must serve at least 20 years in prison before being eligible for parole, the Idaho Statesman reported.
Dripps was arrested in May 2019 after investigators linked his DNA to the murder scene.
Another man, Christopher Tapp, had been convicted by a jury in Dodge’s slaying in 1998, although his DNA wasn’t found inside her apartment, where she was nearly decapitated, East Idaho News reported.
Attorneys for Tapp have said he was coerced to confess and provided names of other alleged accomplices in the slaying whose DNA also didn’t match crime scene evidence.
He was released from custody in 2017 after his rape conviction was vacated and his murder sentence