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Brian Dripps sentenced Tuesday for the 1996 murder

Defense attorney James Archibald addresses Judge Joel Tingey during the plea hearing of Brian...
Defense attorney James Archibald addresses Judge Joel Tingey during the plea hearing of Brian Dripps at the Bonneville County Courthouse on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Dripps plead guilty to the rape and murder of Angie Dodge in 1996. (John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, Pool)(John Roark | AP)
Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 2:44 PM MDT
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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Brian Dripps now knows his sentence for the killing of Angie Dodge. Dripps was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years to life for the murder and rape counts.

Before Dripps was sentenced, Angie dodge’s brother, brother and mother all spoke about how her death affected their lives over the past 25 years.

Dripp’s attorney spoke about his life and how he was a family man and only committed the crime because of a bad time in life. He got so drunk on the night of the murder that he wasn’t aware of what he was doing.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t intend for this to happen,” Dripps said.” Imagine what grief I’ve caused over the last 25 years. I’m not even imagining if it was one of my own, I can’t even imagine. I can’t even imagine what at the end of the day it’s not the same. As what the reality is what pain and hardship that I’ve caused. Wish I had a chance at a do-over. Because I would do over that day. I would have never have gone over into that apartment. Just wish I could do over that night. I’m sorry. I know you will never forgive me, but I’m sorry. I don’t know what else to say. I’m sorry.”

The judge said 25 years was a long time to rectify the crime. Dripps pleaded guilty to the murder and two counts of rape back in February.

He was arrested in May 2019 after police tracked him down in Boise and linked his DNA to the crime scene. Christopher Tapp was originally convicted of the crime and spent nearly two decades in jail for it. He was exonerated in July 2019.

Angie Dodge was found stabbed and raped in an apartment on I Street in Idaho Falls in June 1996.

You can watch the hearing below.

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