Dalia Dippolito Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Dalia Dippolito -- caught on camera two years ago promising to pay a hit man to kill her husband -- was sentenced to 20 years in prison today by Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath.

UPDATE: Click here for details on Dippolito's sentencing.

There wasn't much ambiguity in Dippolito's murder-for-hire charge. The trial lasted three weeks, and it took only three hours for a jury to convict her in May.

The "entertainment" value of Dippolito's case, however, was priceless -- including four failed attempts to kill her husband, Michael, and for her attorney's attempting for a reality-TV defense.

First she tried to kill Michael by dropping some antifreeze into his tea.

Then she moved to hit men: Three times, she was unsuccessful in finding someone to kill her husband.

The problem with the last hit man she tried to hire was that he was actually an undercover cop -- and the videotape of their exchanges showed to the jury easily damned her.

It included Dippolito's saying she was "5,000 percent sure" she wanted her husband dead, then did some stellar sobbing after the cop told her Michael was dead.

The circus presented as a defense during her trial was just as TV-worthy.

Her defense was composed of three witnesses: her mother, a reality-TV expert, and a digital forensics expert.

Could Dippolito actually have tried to get her husband killed to appear on television? It's entirely possible, but the part about trying to have her husband killed is still a problem.

Now her only chance of being on reality TV would be MSNBC's Lockup.

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Matthew Hendley
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