An Idaho man has admitted to raping and murdering an 18-year-old lady in a cold-case slaying that despatched one other man to jail for almost 20 years.
Brian Dripps Sr., 55, of Caldwell, pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting and fatally stabbing Angie Dodge in her Idaho Falls residence in June 1996, the Idaho Statesman reported.
Dripps was lastly arrested in Could 2019 after investigators matched a DNA pattern with proof from the homicide scene, the newspaper reported.
However his arrest got here greater than 20 years after Christopher Tapp, 20, was convicted by a jury in Dodge’s slaying in 1998 — regardless of his DNA not matching proof from the crime scene, East Idaho Information reported.
Attorneys for Tapp mentioned he was coerced to confess and gave names of different alleged accomplices in the slaying whose DNA additionally didn’t match.
The harmless man was sentenced to 30 years to life in jail however was launched in 2017 after serving 19 years — after the Idaho Innocence Challenge picked his case up.
Tapp was exonerated two years later, East Idaho Information reported.
Investigators utilizing genetic family tree then decided in Could 2019 that Dripps was the more than likely suspect in Dodge’s homicide.
Dripps lived throughout the road from the girl on the time and police matched his DNA to the crime scene from a cigarette butt he tossed into the street, in accordance to the report.
Dripps advised a courtroom Tuesday he meant to rape Dodge through the assault however didn’t plan on killing her, in accordance to courtroom video obtained by East Idaho Information.
“I used to be fairly excessive on cocaine and alcohol,” he mentioned through the listening to. “I had a pocket knife with me … I didn’t imply to homicide her. I suppose it simply occurred once I was there. I bear in mind the rape half … that’s all I bear in mind of that night.”
As a part of a binding plea deal, attorneys really helpful Dripps be sentenced to 20 years to life. If a choose doesn’t observe that suggestion, Dripps might withdraw his guilty plea and head to trial, the outlet reported.
“Right this moment was a great day in that there’s some finality to it,” mentioned Dodge’s brother, Brent Dodge.
“As we heard Brian Dripps plead guilty and admit to killing my sister and to raping her, there was some finality there that we’ve acquired the correct man this time and we’re wanting ahead to therapeutic and going by the method of grieving.”
Tapp, in the meantime, has since sued the town of Idaho Falls for his wrongful conviction, the Statesman reported.