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Jeweler Werner Lippe gets 25 to life in wife's murder

Faith Lippe

March 29, 2011 7:54:26 AM PDT
A New York jeweler who was convicted of murdering his wife - although her body was never found - has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Werner Lippe was convicted in October of incinerating Faith Lippe in an oil drum after knocking her unconscious with a piece of lumber in 2008.

Lippe, who made jewelry for Donald Trump and Yoko Ono, made an unrepentant argument for his innocence Tuesday.

The Lippes were negotiating divorce when she disappeared. They had two teenage children.

Werner Lippe confessed three times to the killing - jurors heard the recordings - but recanted. He testified that he last saw his wife being driven away from their home in a New York City suburb.

His first trial ended with a hung jury.

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