Connecticut man Richard Dabate sentenced in Fitbit murder case of wife Connie Dabate

Connecticut man Richard Dabate sentenced in Fitbit murder case of wife Connie Dabate

A Connecticut man was sentenced Thursday to 65 years in jail for the 2015 killing of his spouse, who prosecutors say was carrying a Fitbit train exercise tracker with knowledge that contradicted his statements to police.

Richard Dabate, 46, of Ellington, was convicted by a jury in Could of homicide and different costs. He maintains his innocence and intends to attraction the verdicts, his lawyer, Trent LaLima, stated after the listening to at Rockville Superior Courtroom.

Connie Dabate was fatally shot in her Connecticut residence. Her husband claimed a masked man broke into their residence, tied him up and killed his Connie.Twitter

The deadly taking pictures of Connie Dabate, 39, on the couple’s residence two days earlier than Christmas in 2015, whereas their two younger sons had been in class, drew nationwide consideration, with the weird Fitbit proof and particulars of Richard Dabate’s affair with a girl who was pregnant on the time of the killing and later gave start to their little one.

The sentencing listening to included emotional testimony by Connie Dabate’s relations.

“It permits us to get slightly little bit of closure, regardless that it received’t carry Connie again. As a household, we are able to transfer ahead,” Connie Dabate’s brother, Keith Margotta, stated outdoors the courthouse after the sentencing.

Dabate instructed police a masked man broke into their residence, killed his spouse and tied him up. Police discovered him with superficial knife wounds, with one arm and one leg zip-tied to a folding chair.

State police stated Dabate gave them a timeline of occasions that conflicted with knowledge on his spouse’s Fitbit, which confirmed she was transferring round for about an hour after the time Dabate stated she was shot. There have been additionally no indicators of a wrestle in the home, state police stated.

In his closing arguments, prosecutor Matthew Gedansky stated Dabate hatched a plan to kill his spouse and stage a house invasion as his life was about to unravel due to the affair with the opposite lady and her being pregnant.

LaLima has questioned the reliability of Fitbit knowledge. He additionally stated Dabate’s model of the occasions was bolstered by unknown DNA discovered within the residence and a witness who stated she could have seen an unknown individual or deer within the neighborhood on the day of the killing.

Greater than 100 folks testified throughout the five-week trial.

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