US man Richard Dabate sentenced to 65 years in Fitbit murder case

This week, an American man was sentenced to 65 years in prison for the 2015 killing of his wife, who prosecutors said wore a Fitbit athletic activity tracker that contained data that contradicted his statements to police.

Richard Dabart, 46, of Ellington, Conn., was convicted by a jury in May of murder and other charges. His attorney, Trent LaLima, said after the Rockville Superior Court hearing that he maintains his innocence and intends to appeal the sentence.

Connie Dabate, 39, was at the couple’s home two days before Christmas 2015 while their two young sons were in school, a shooting that drew national attention , because of unusual Fitbit evidence and Richard Dabart got pregnant with a man at the time of the killing and later gave birth to their child.

Sentencing hearing included emotional testimony from relatives of Connie Dabate.

“It allows us to get a little off, even if it doesn’t get Connie back. As a family, we can move on,” Connie Dabart’s brother, Keith Magota, said outside court after the sentencing.

Dabat told police a masked man broke into their home, killed his wife and tied him up. Police found him with superficial stab wounds, one arm and one leg zippered to a folding chair.

Richard Dabate of Ellington appeared at his pretrial hearing in 2017.Photo/AP  US man Richard Dabate sentenced to 65 years in Fitbit murder case
Richard Dabate of Ellington appeared at his pretrial hearing in 2017.Photo/AP

State police said Dabat provided them with a timeline of events that conflicted with his wife’s Fitbit data, which showed she was walking around for about an hour after Dabat said she was shot. There was also no sign of a fight in the house, state police said.

Prosecutor Matthew Gedansky said in final arguments that Dabat planned to kill his wife and carry out a home invasion as his life was about to come because of an affair with another woman and her pregnancy collapse.

LaLima questions the reliability of Fitbit’s data. He also said Dabat’s account of the incident was supported by unknown DNA found in the home and a witness who said she may have seen an unknown person or deer nearby on the day of the killing.

More than 100 people testified during the five-week trial.

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