Sentence Handed Down in 2015 Barnegat Light Murder

By MARIA SCANDALE | Jun 19, 2019
Courtesy of: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Conrad R. Sipa was found guilty April 4 of murdering Richard Doody, 60

Barnegat Light — The man convicted in the November 2015 murder of retired Fire Department of New York Lt. Richard P. Doody in Doody’s Barnegat Light home has been sentenced to a total of 45 years in New Jersey State Prison. Conrad R. Sipa, 56, of Colts Neck was found guilty in April of murder, at the Central Avenue house that Doody, 60, had purchased earlier that year. New York newspapers at the time reported that the men knew each other.

On June 14, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that the Honorable Rochelle Gizinski, J.S.C., sentenced Sipa to a term of 40 years in prison in connection with the murder.

This sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act, which means Sipa must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he may be considered for parole eligibility.

The jury also determined Sipa employed the use of deadly weapons, specifically a knife and a lamp, in the commission of the murder. Thus, in addition to being found guilty of murder, the jury found Sipa guilty of two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon; these counts were merged into the murder sentence as a matter of law, the prosecutor’s report said.

“As to the jury’s finding of guilt on the counts alleging hindering apprehension/prosecution as well as tampering with physical evidence, Judge Gizinksi sentenced Sipa to a consecutive term of five years in New Jersey State Prison. As such, Sipa’s net sentence is 45 years in New Jersey State Prison,” said Billhimer.

The murder occurred sometime between November 21 and 23, 2015, when police found Doody’s body in the home after family reported that he had not been heard from in two days.

A jury in Ocean County Superior Court found beyond a reasonable doubt that Sipa purposely or knowingly caused the death of Doody, or that he purposely or knowingly caused serious bodily injury to Doody, which resulted in Doody’s death.

Billhimer extended his gratitude to Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Patrick Sheehan and Senior Assistant Prosecutor Meghan O’Neill, who together tried the case on behalf of the state, “for their skill and dedication in prosecuting this tragic matter.”

Billhimer stated, “This was a brutal and senseless murder. I am grateful not only for the tireless efforts of Assistant Prosecutors Sheehan and O’Neill, but for the hard work demonstrated by Detective John Murphy and the entire staff of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, as well as Detective Sgt. Ron Hullings and the entire Long Beach Township Police Department, for their collaborative efforts investigating and solving this heinous crime.”

The prosecutor also thanked Allison Betts, a victim-witness advocate for the prosecutor’s office, for the compassion and assistance demonstrated toward the family of Richard Doody over the last four years.

“Hopefully this very lengthy prison sentence, which amounts to a life sentence due to Sipa’s age, brings some measure of closure to Mr. Doody’s friends and family, many of whom were present throughout the trial and today,” Billhimer concluded.

— Maria Scandale

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