More than five years ago, a murder case against Quincy S. Phipps was dismissed after the prosecution’s key witness failed to show up for the trial in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.But Phipps is going to prison after all.
A Franklin County judge sentenced him today to 27 years on unrelated charges of rape and gross sexual imposition.
A jury convicted Phipps last month of sexually abusing two girls, one when she was ages 7 through 14, the other when she was 9 through 15. Both were related to him by marriage.
Judge Michael J. Holbrook said he did not take the dismissed murder case into consideration when he imposed the sentence.
Phipps, 42, formerly of 231 Eldon Ave. on the West Side, was indicted in 2006 for aggravated murder in the 1993 shooting death of the night manager at Zarcone’s Eastside Pizza, 2110 Leonard Ave.
Customers found Suzan Peaden, 39, behind the counter with a single gunshot wound in the chest. Phipps was arrested six months later, but a grand jury returned no indictment then.
The case languished for years until Phipps’ ex-girlfriend, Kim Craig, told homicide detectives in 2006 that he had confessed to her. Phipps was indicted, and his trial was set to begin on Sept. 17, 2007. Craig didn’t show up to testify and couldn’t be located by prosecutors or deputies.
The trial was delayed, but the case was dismissed when the deadline for bringing Phipps to trial expired. He can’t be charged with the crime again because his right to a speedy trial was violated.
Craig eventually was picked up on a warrant and convicted of contempt of court for failing to obey her subpoena in the murder case. She was sentenced to 20 days in jail.
Phipps was indicted one year ago for rape and gross sexual imposition after the girls, now high-school students, disclosed the abuse. Both girls testified during the trial.
Phipps declined to make a statement in court today on the advice of his attorney, Jeffrey Blosser, who told the judge that his client maintains his innocence and will appeal the jury’s verdict.
By John Futty - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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