Anthony DiPippo gets maximum sentence—25 years to life
Anthony DiPippo learned his fate Friday in Putnam County Court when sentenced a second time to 25 years to life in prison for the 1994 brutal rape and murder of Josette Wright, the 12-year-old Carmel Middle School student.
The 36-year-old former Patterson resident was granted a new trial last year when a New York State appeals court ruled that his lawyer during the first trial in 1997 had a conflict of interest.
Seated next to his attorneys in court, Judge Barry Warhit asked DiPippo if he wished to comment. Defense Counsel Robert Isseks said his client maintained his innocence but DiPippo refused comment.
Judge Warhit told the twice convicted murderer: "You have been convicted of unspeakable crimes. You raped and murdered a 12-year old girl. The only appropriate sentence is the maximum of 25 years to life."
Prosecutor Christopher York called the judge's decision "an easy one." Standing outside the courthouse, York told reporters: "This is what the man deserved. It was a terrible crime. No sentence does justice for what he did to poor Josette. This is the best that the law can allow."
Josette's mother, Susan Wright, told the court that her daughter "died like a wild cat by a fate worse than death. I hope he never sees the light of day again."
Outside the courthouse, Wright told the Courier that she was relieved: "The anxiety is over. Justice has been served. I want this coward shipped away as far as possible. He was such a coward that he didn't even address the court."
DiPippo was returned to his cell at the Putnam Correctional Facility pending transfer to a maximum security penitentiary by the New York State Department of Corrections.