Cortlandt man gets 25 years to life for wife's murder

A jury sentenced a Cortlandt jeweler to 25 years to life in prison today for the 2008 slaying of his wife.

Werner Lippe, 68, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his wife of 18 years, Faith. Prosecutors say the couple was in the middle of a bitter divorce when Lippe killed her and incinerated her body in their backyard.

In Westchester County court today, witnesses said Lippe was angry and defiant as the maximum sentence was handed down.

The victim's friends and family, however, were relieved.

"We now can begin to put this past us," said the victim's sister, Dawn Faigle, after Lippe was sentenced. "We can begin a healing track."

It took two trials to convict Lippe for the slaying. The first was declared a mistrial after jurors couldn't reach a verdict. In the second trial, the jury deliberated for just eight hours before finding Lippe guilty.

Key evidence in the second trial came from a friend who twice wore a wire to record Lippe talking about the murder.

Lippe is vowing to appeal his conviction.

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