Mike Dippolito, Husband of Dalia Dippolito, Speaks About Wife Hiring Hit Man to Kill Him

Mike Dippolito: Dalia Dippolito 'might have loved me for a week.'

June 20, 2011 — -- Mike Dippolito, the man whose wife was caught on camera hiring a hit man to kill him, didn't feel any joy when Dalia Dippolito was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week.

"It didn't necessarily make me feel good. It makes you realize how serious what was really going on was," said Mike Dippolito. "It's just something you can't imagine anybody could really, really do. It was so senseless for a girl, my wife...to take those steps to do that. It was so unnecessary."

In 2009, detectives in Boynton Beach, Fla., set up an undercover sting operation targeting Dalia Dippolito after being tipped off by an old lover that she wanted her husband dead.

She was caught on camera hiring an undercover police officer who she thought was a hit man and seen faking tears in a mock crime scene set up by police to make her think her husband had been murdered.

The couple had been married just six months and strange things began happening to Mike Dippolito shortly after the marriage began. His money would go missing and somebody had planted drugs in his car trunk.

"I was in love with my wife…that day when they told me your wife is going to have you murdered, everything just sort of fell into place..it just solidified for me I'm not crazy," Mike Dippolito said. "I think she might have loved me for a week."

Since learning of the plot, Mike Dippolito said that he's suffered a nervous breakdown. The couple are still married and are working on their divorce proceedings.

"Mike Dippolito, he loved the defendant...He thought they were in a loving marriage, he couldn't comprehend what she had done to him, his new bride of just six months," said Florida Chief Assistant State Attorney Elizabeth Parker during the trial.

When her family begged for leniency as Dalia Dippolito wiped away tears last week, Judge Jeffrey Colbath said the 28-year-old woman took advantage of the man who loved her.

"You used guile and sophistry to dupe others into your web of deception. You were the puppet master that was pulling all the strings...It was pure evil," Colbath said.

Outside of the courtroom, Mike Dippolito supported the judge's ruling.

"I wish we were never here, and as far as the sentence, I'm 5000 percent happy with it," he said.

The 5000 percent Mike Dippolito mentioned was in reference to the undercover video showing his wife saying she was "5000 percent sure" she wanted him dead.

During her trial, Dalia Dippolito's defense team claimed that the plot was fake and a ploy to get a reality show. Her lawyers claimed her husband, Mike, was in on the plot too. Mike Dippolito has denied those claims.

Jurors told ABC News that Dalia Dippolito didn't stand a chance with all of the incriminating videos.

One video shows her in the first moments when she thinks her husband has been killed. Police set up a fake crime scene in August 2009. The chilling video shows Dalia Dippolito appear to cry when police tell her that her husband is dead.

Dalia Dippolito had entrusted a lover, Mohamed Shihadeh, to help her find a hit man to kill her husband. He turned on her and told police.

In one video, police repeatedly ask her if she knew anybody that wanted to kill her husband.

Dippolito shakes her head no and says, "We are fine, like there's nothing."

The video shows the moment when police call the officer posing as a hit man into the interrogation room.

When Dalia Dippolito sees Officer Widy Jean posing as the hit man, she claims to not know him. Then, her husband who she thinks is dead appears in the interrogation room.

The defendant screams, asking for her husband to come to her.

"Oh my God, Oh my God! Come here please. Mike, come here," said Dalia Dippolito in the video.

Her husband refuses, saying, 'I can't...I heard you."

The prosecution also played a video of Dalia Dippolito with her lover in the parking lot of a gas station, allegedly plotting the murder.

Dalia Dippolito has gained the nickname of the "Black Dalia." One juror said that she should be called the "Green Dalia" for her greed.

"She didn't kill anybody like a black widow spider...It was all about the dollar signs, it was all about the money," said Sandra Clutter.

Dalia Dippolito's defense team plans to appeal her sentence.