IDAHO FALLS, ID — Christopher Tapp, who was controversially released from prison last year after serving 20 years for the rape and murder of Angie Dodge, has now been convicted of battery and given a 90-day suspended sentence.
Tapp pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge for a fight with his wife, Stacy Tapp, in October. In addition to the suspended sentence, Tapp was sentenced to one year of probation.
Deputies made contact with Tapp and Stacy after Tapp reported that the couple had been in a verbal altercation that had turned physical. Stacy told the officers that she attempted to get a cell phone to call police, but Tapp prevented her to doing so.
Deputies reported that they observed minor injuries on Stacy at the scene. She later stated that she’d been injured in a fall, not from the fight with her husband. She also said that she didn’t want Tapp arrested or charged with anything.
Tapp also faced charges related to interfering with a 911 call, but that charge was dismissed.
Tapp was convicted in 1997 for the rape and murder of 18-year-old Angie Dodge. He had confessed to Idaho Falls Police detectives that he had committed the crime, but later claimed that his confession was coerced.
Additionally, after testing, it was later revealed that DNA samples from the crime scene did not match Tapp. So a judge vacated the rape charge in March 2017, and Tapp was released from prison after having served 20 years behind bars. Technically, the murder charge remains on his record.
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Main photo: Christopher Tapp [Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office]