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Hitman-Hiring Wife Gets 20-Year Sentence

Dalia Dippolito faced 30 years in plot to kill husband



    Dalia Dippolito was sentenced to 20 years in prison. (Published Thursday, June 16, 2011)

    The South Florida woman accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill her husband has been ordered to spend the next 20 years behind bars, a Palm Beach County judge ruled Thursday.

    Dalia Dippolito, 28, was convicted by a jury in May of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. She had faced a maximum of 30 years in prison.

    The Boynton Beach newlywed wife was accused of reaching out to a hit man -- who turned out to be an undercover cop -- to kill her husband Michael in an effort to gain control of the couple's home in 2009.

    After an elaborate sting caught on tape in which Dippolito teared-up after she was told by police her husband was dead, cops told her he was still alive and she was arrested.

    The couple had been married for just six months but the hitman hire was allegedly the third attempt the femme fatale had made on her husband. She had previously tried spiking his tea with antifreeze and tried to get two strangers to kill him, according to police.

    Dippolito's attorneys claimed their client was the one manipulated by her husband. Dippolito thought the hit man hiring was part of a reality TV stunt and she did it only to help the couple gain some stardom, they said.