A Connecticut man was sentenced Thursday to 65 years in prison for the 2015 murder of his wife, who prosecutors said was wearing a Fitbit fitness tracker with data that contradicted his statements to police.
Richard Dabate, 46, of Ellington, was convicted by a jury in May of murder and other charges. He maintains his innocence and intends to appeal the verdicts, his attorney Trent LaLima said after the Rockville Superior Court hearing.
The fatal shooting of Connie Dabate, 39, at the couple’s home two days before Christmas in 2015 while their two young sons were at school drew national attention, with the unusual Fitbit evidence and details of Richard Dabate’s affair with a pregnant woman woman at the time of the killing and later gave birth to their child.
The sentencing hearing included emotional testimony from relatives of Connie Dabate.
“It allows us to get a little bit of closure, even if it won’t bring Connie back. We can move forward as a family,” said Keith Margotta, Connie Dabate’s brother, outside the courthouse after the sentencing.
Dabate told police a masked man broke into their home, killed his wife and tied him up. Police found him with superficial knife wounds and one arm and one leg zipped to a folding chair.
State police said Dabate gave them a timeline of events that conflicted with data on his wife’s Fitbit that showed she was moving for about an hour after Dabate said she was shot. There was also no sign of a struggle inside the home, state police said.
In his closing arguments, prosecutor Matthew Gedansky said Dabate hatched a plan to kill his wife and stage a home invasion because his affair with the other woman and her pregnancy had thrown his life off balance.
LaLima has questioned the reliability of Fitbit data. He also said Dabate’s version of events was supported by unknown DNA found in the home and a witness who said she may have seen an unknown person or a deer in the neighborhood on the day of the murder.
More than 100 people testified during the five-week trial.
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