Killer sentenced in Maine woman’s death
OSSIPEE — A Carroll County man sentenced to a minimum of 42.5 years in prison for killing a Maine mother last spring told the court, “I’m truly sorry for what I’ve done. I stand here a broken-hearted and sorry man. I’m going to live with the pain and the shame of being a monster in their lives.”
Anthony Papile, 29, formerly of Ossipee, pleaded guilty Thursday in Carroll County Superior Court to second-degree murder in the disappearance and death of 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer of Portland, Maine, who was found in a snowmaking pond at Cranmore Ski Area in North Conway. The cause of death was prolonged cold-water submersion.
“I don’t ask forgiveness because
I don’t deserve it,” Papile said.
Dittmeyer’s black Nissan Sentra was found idling in the ski area’s parking lot with her 14- month-old baby girl unharmed inside. Following an intensive search, Dittmeyer’s body was found in the pond four days later.
Prosecutor and Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young told Judge Steven Houran that Dittmeyer was lured to a friend’s apartment by a text message. She was clubbed three times in the head as she walked up the stairs in an alleged plot to steal marijuana, cocaine, and money from her.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Papile waived formal indictment and entered a guilty plea in exchange for other charges pending against him being dropped.
While Judge Houran sentenced Papile to 50 years to life in prison, as much as 7.5 years of the minimum will be suspended if Houran completes drug and alcohol treatment and counseling and earns both an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree while incarcerated.
Had the case gone to trial, Young said, the state would have been able to make its case with several pieces of physical evidence, including Papile’s fingerprint on the duct tape used to bind Dittmeyer.
Papile had been arraigned in May 2011, along with Michael Petelis, 28, of Ossipee and Trevor Ferguson, 23, of Tamworth. In court documents, prosecutors outlined a plot by Papile and Petelis to ambush Dittmeyer and rob her.
On Thursday, Young told the judge that Dittmeyer was lured to Petelis’ home on April 22, 2011, around 9:45 a.m. As soon as she arrived, Papile ambushed and clubbed her, then was aided by Petelis in binding her wrists, legs, and torso in duct tape. She then was placed in the trunk of her car and Papile drove it to the ski resort where he has once worked.
Young said Papile told investigators that he submerged Dittmeyer in the pond and pushed her away from the land.
Petelis and Ferguson were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit robbery. Ferguson is alleged to have given Papile a ride home from Mount Cranmore in exchange for gas money and drugs.
Following the sentencing, Young declined comment, citing the two pending cases.
When questioned by NH State Police, Young said Papile confessed to hitting Dittmeyer three times in the head and that he had lain in wait for her in the laundry room, striking her as she went up the stairs.
“While nothing will ever bring their daughter, sister, or that young child’s mother back, they do support this plea,” Young said of the Dittmeyer family which filled two rows in the courtroom during the late-morning sentencing. Young noted that both Conway police and NH State Police had attended the hearing and that they also supported the proposed plea agreement.
Lenell Shackley described her daughter as a kind and loving mother who was robbed of her chance to raise her own child.
Since the murder, Shackley told the court, she had has trouble sleeping, suffering from anxiety, and has become custodial parent to her granddaughter after raising her own children.
“I don’t know what to say when she looks at pictures and says, ‘Where is Momma?’” she told the judge.
Papile said he only hoped that the pain and suffering that he caused the Dittmeyer family could one day be overshadowed by their joyful memories of Krista.
“I can’t fathom how difficult that must have been,” Judge Houran told the victim’s family before sentencing Papile.
Public defenders Jesse Friedman and John Bresaw represented Papile.
Friedman told the court of his client, “There are no words to express what he feels.”