The murder occurred sometime between November 21st and 23rd in 2015. It happened in the Borough of Barnegat Light.
The Jury deliberated for approximately 2 hours, and concluded beyond a reasonable doubt that Conrad R. Sipa was guilty. Guilty that Sipa had knowingly caused the death of Mr Richard P. Doody, Jr in a trial which lasted only two weeks.
Doody, 60, had a 29-year career with the FDNY and was assigned to Engine Co. 239 and Ladder Co. 105 in Brooklyn before he was promoted to lieutenant in 2001. He then went to the Fire Academy at Randall’s Island and taught probationary firefighters.
Doody spent several weeks at Ground Zero, working on “the pile,” before being assigned to the Ceremonial Unit before retiring from a post at
Ladder Co. 84 in Huguenot.
Doody was responsible for founding the “9-11 Sticker Fund,” as well as the design, fabrication and distribution of the well-known red and white “FDNY 9-11-01, All Gave Some, Some Gave All” stickers. Proceeds from their sale were donated to the FDNY Elsasser Fund for the widows and children of fallen firefighters.
The jury also determined that Sipa was guilty of employing the use of deadly weapon(s), specifically a knife and a lamp, in the commission of the murder. In addition to being found guilty of murder, the jury found Sipa guilty of 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.
Sipa was taken into custody and is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail. Sipa is scheduled to be sentenced by the Honorable Rochelle Gizinski, J.S.C., on June 14, 2019, at which time he faces a sentence of life in prison.
Prosecutor Billhimer applauds the diligence and dedication of Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Patrick Sheehan and Senior Assistant Prosecutor Meghan O’Neill, who ably and skillfully tried the case on behalf of the State. The Prosecutor likewise extends his gratitude to Detective John Murphy and the full staff of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, as well as 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. Prosecutor Billhimer would also like to thank the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit. Finally, Prosecutor Billhimer would like to thank 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.Bryan Huntenburg — Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office