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    Brian Leigh Dripps Sr (55) sentenced to life for the cold case rape/murder of Angie Dodge in 1996; another man wrongly served 20 years for the crime

    This is the case that gives me pause over familial DNA. A confession was coerced out of one man and he served 20 years for the crime. When they did familial DNA testing with early techniques it led them to the wrong man and he was pulled into the case even though he was innocent. Eventually they landed on the right guy, but two innocent people were accused in this case. These stories downplay the accusation of the second one, but I remember when it happened and they went after him 150%

    https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wi...-rape-78161178

    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.

    Brian Leigh Dripps Sr., 55, must serve at least 20 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole, 7th District Judge Joel Tingey said.

    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.

    ?Twenty-five years is a long time to wait for some type of closure on such a brutal crime,? Tingey said. ? ... It's impossible to quantify how much damage has been caused, and it's spread wide.?

    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.

    But Tapp had the support of both the advocacy group the Innocence Project and Dodge's mother, Carol Dodge.

    DNA evidence collected from the crime scene wasn't tested until 2016 and it showed that Tapp's genetic material wasn't present in the sample. He was released in 2017 after reaching a deal in which his murder sentence was reduced to time served and the rape conviction was vacated.

    Meanwhile, investigators periodically worked the cold case, hoping to uncover what really happened the night Dodge was killed.

    They began using DNA databases to try to find a suspect or someone likely to be related to the person who left the DNA.

    After a few dead ends, in 2019 they discovered a possible suspect who had lived in Idaho Falls at the time of the murder and was now living across the state in Caldwell ? Brian Dripps Sr.

    Law enforcement officers tailed Dripps and scooped up a cigarette butt he'd thrown from a car window. It had enough DNA present to show it matched the sample left at the crime scene back in 1996.

    When confronted by police, Dripps confessed, saying he was high on cocaine and alcohol and had planned to rape Dodge, not murder her. He claimed he did not remember cutting Dodge's throat. But he did not deny it.

    Dripps' confession led to Tapp being formally exonerated of the crimes.

    ?A young man spent a significant portion of his life in prison for no good reason. He was innocent. That falls on you,? the judge told Dripps during the sentencing hearing.

    Angie Dodge's brother, Todd Dodge, told the court that Dripps ?dropped an atomic bomb in the center of our family and our community? and spoke of the guilt and frustration that he, jurors and others involved in the original trial against Tapp felt after learning Tapp was innocent.

    ?He sentenced me to a lifetime of hell ? so far I have served 9,126 days,? Todd Dodge said of Dripps.

    Another brother, Roger Dodge, said Angie Dodge's murder is the most devastating thing he's ever experienced.

    Dripps also spoke, offering an apology.

    ?I am sorry. I didn't intend for this to happen,? he said. ?Wish we could have a chance at a do-over because I would do over that day ... I know you'll never forgive me but I am sorry.?
    This explains a little more about the DNA mixup, although it still downplays what they did to the guy.

    https://www.ishinews.com/unraveling-...f-angie-dodge/

    Unraveling the Twisted Case of Angie Dodge

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    If I committed a crime, they couldn't get me based off DNA since I have the same as another person. Bwhahahahaha.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    If I committed a crime, they couldn't get me based off DNA since I have the same as another person. Bwhahahahaha.
    Perhaps, but you both still have slightly different fingerprints so I wouldn't be sloppy about it
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
    ....or exchanging Puke's wang for spicy nuts.
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    That is too pretty to be shoved up an ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    If I committed a crime, they couldn't get me based off DNA since I have the same as another person. Bwhahahahaha.
    So much for your life of crime plans.

    https://www.livescience.com/identica...e-all-dna.html

    Identical twins don't share 100% of their DNA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Babe 73 View Post
    Perhaps, but you both still have slightly different fingerprints so I wouldn't be sloppy about it
    That's why I said DNA alone. They would have to use fingerprints or an alibi


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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    So much for your life of crime plans.

    https://www.livescience.com/identica...e-all-dna.html

    Identical twins don't share 100% of their DNA
    Ruh roh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    So much for your life of crime plans.

    https://www.livescience.com/identica...e-all-dna.html

    Identical twins don't share 100% of their DNA
    OMG I have been lied to my whole life!

    So the episode of Maury I saw a long time ago, where they didn't know which twin was the father because they were identical, was BS? I want to know which twin was the father, dammit!


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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/christo...t-idaho-falls/

    Officials in the eastern Idaho city of Idaho Falls have agreed to pay $11.7 million to a man who spent about two decades in prison after being wrongfully convicted.

    The Idaho Falls City Council voted Thursday to accept the settlement agreement with Christopher Tapp.

    Tapp was convicted of rape and murder following the 1996 death of 18-year-old Angie Dodge. He was released in 2017, and DNA evidence cleared him in 2019.
    Brian Leigh Dripps was arrested on DNA evidence in 2019 and pleaded guilty to rape and first-degree murder in Dodge's death. He was sentenced to life in prison last year.

    "No dollar amount could ever make up for the over 20 years of my life I spent in prison for crimes I did not commit," Tapp said in a statement. "However, the settlement will help me move forward with my life."

    Tapp sued the city of Idaho Falls and the Idaho Falls Police Department in October 2020, the East Idaho News reported. The city asked that the lawsuit be dismissed, but opted to settle the lawsuit Thursday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    Good.

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