A Florida woman convicted of hiring a hit man to kill her husband had a phone conversation last month about a Texas prisoner’s escape and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office took notice, according to NBC affiliate WPTV.
Dalia Dippolito was sentenced to 16 years in prison in July, and the state said a recording of Dippolito revealed her "enthusiastically discussing how an inmate broke out of a maximum security prison using wire cutters" that a drone delivered, the report said.
The conversation is with someone named James, though it’s unclear how the man knows Dippolito.
Brian Claypool, Dippolito’s attorney, told WPTV that the conversation about the South Carolina prison escapee lasted just 45 seconds and was part of a 10-minute chat.
"Not one time does she make a comment to this guy James about any specific plan to put in place to have her escape from the jail," Claypool said. "She brought this up randomly, as an article that she read in the newspaper."
Claypool also told the station that he’s "confident he will be able to appeal the case."
Recorded video and audio from 2009 reveals Dippolito plotting Michael Dippolito’s death. She told an undercover detective that she was "5,000 percent sure" she wanted to kill her husband.
Some prosecutors thought Dippolito sought control of her husband’s savings.
After it appeared on a pair of TV shows, the case was thrust into the national spotlight.