OCEAN COUNTY – Conrad R. Sipa was found guilty in the murder of Richard P. Doody, Jr. which happened in Barnegat Light between Nov. 21 and Nov. 23 in 2015, police said.
The trial took two weeks, and the jury deliberated for two hours, according to a press release from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
The jury determined that Sipa used various items, such as a knife and a lamp, to intentionally inflict fatal injuries, police said.
He was found guilty of murder, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon, hindering his apprehension or prosecution, and tampering with physical evidence. He faces sentencing in June, and could receive a life sentence.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer applauded a number of people who worked on the case and the court. Among them were Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Patrick Sheehan and Senior Assistant Prosecutor Meghan O’Neill, who “ably and skillfully” tried the case on behalf of the State; Detective John Murphy and the full staff of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit; Detective Sergeant Ron Hullings and the entire Long Beach Township Police Department, “for their diligence and professionalism in investigating and solving this heinous and senseless crime;” the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit; and Allison Betts, a Victim-Witness Advocate for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, “for the compassion and assistance she has demonstrated toward the family of Richard Doody during these very difficult and painful three and one-half years.”