Approximately 25 years after Angie Dodge’s rape and murder at Idaho Falls, her murderer knows her destiny.
Former Caldwell resident Brian Dripps, 55, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Tuesday for crimes. You must be in prison for at least 20 years to qualify for parole.
Dodge was 18 years old when he was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in an apartment in Idaho Falls in June 1996. Evidence of DNA collected from crime scenes in 2016 was tested to show the absence of tap genetic material. He was released in 2017 in a deal with the prosecution, but was acquitted in July 2019.
The arrest of Drips took place after Idaho Falls police found that his DNA sample was consistent with evidence taken from the murder scene. In October 2019, the prosecution announced its intention to seek the death penalty from Drips.
Drips appeared in court in Bonneville County just a few months later at a hearing on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty As part of a judicial transaction. Instead of pleading guilty to first-class murder and rape, prosecutors sought the death penalty and demanded that Drips spend the rest of his life in prison.
At the hearing on Tuesday Live broadcast by EastIdahoNews.com, Judge Joel Tinsey followed the recommendations of the judicial transaction.
Tingey told the court that this was not a typical case, as Dripps remained free while another man was charged and convicted.
“A young man spent a significant part of his life in jail for no good reason. He was innocent. It depends on you,” Tinsey said.
Drips was to be transferred to the Idaho Correctional Bureau and sentenced to imprisonment. He apologized to Dodge’s family in court.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t expect this to happen, according to the Associated Press,” he said. “I wish I had the opportunity to start over, but I’ll start over that day … I know you’ll never forgive me, but I’m sorry.”
Angie Dodge’s brothers Todd and Roger Dodge both spoke in court. Todd Dodge said Drips “dropped an atomic bomb at the center of our family and community.”