Charles Capone gets life for murdering wife
MOSCOW, Idaho — Maintaining his innocence and claiming the case against him was built on lies, Charles Capone was sentenced Monday morning to life in prison without parole for the killing of his estranged wife Rachael Anderson.
Before he was sentenced, however, he faced the full weight of the victim impact statements brought on by Anderson’s family, who have fought for years to know the truth about what happened to her after her disappearance on April 16, 2010.
“This man, Charles Capone, took from our family what is most precious, a mother and a grandmother,” Dennis Plunkett, Anderson’s ex-husband, said.
“We live every day in pain because of what Charles has done, every one of us,” Anderson’s daughter, Ashley Colbert, said.
The common theme was loss; Anderson’s death has cost her family a friend, a mother, a sister, a grandmother and “someone that brought light into everyone’s life.” Capone brought nothing but darkness, Anderson’s sister-in-law, Susie Jeppson, said.
Despite the overwhelming amount of evidence leveled against him which secured a guilty conviction last fall, Capone stood before the court after the victim impact statements – and a friend of his suggesting his innocence – Capone said that he’d kept his mouth shut throughout the case but decided to declare he hadn’t killed Anderson.
“I’m not going to sit here and tell you I killed Rachael Anderson, because I didn’t,” he said, near the beginning of his long-winded, rambling diatribe against the court, his trial and subsequent conviction.
And yet, within weeks of Anderson’s disappearance Capone had been bragging to fellow inmates at the Bonner County Jail that authorities thought he’d killed his wife but he wasn’t worried because they’ll never find her body. Several years later, while being held on a federal firearms charge at the SeaTac detention center, Capone laid out an intricate plan on how he would go about killing someone and then dismembering their body. When Capone became angry with another inmate on a separate occasions he told that person,”[D]on’t make me cut up another body.”
Another inmate later heard him say, “I buried the body so deep they’ll never find it … they’ll never find the f***ing b***h.”
The most damning testimony came from David Stone, who was charged with Anderson’s murder along with Capone but reached a plea deal with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against him, during which he confirmed he had witnessed Capone murder Anderson and then helped him dispose of her body.
“It’s so frustrating to know people weren’t telling the truth and because they weren’t getting the answers, they created them.” Capone said, refuting all of the evidence and testimony in court Monday morning.
“It wasn’t about winning for me; it was about the truth coming out,” he added.
His statement to the court was so long that after nearly an hour, Judge Carl Kerrick interrupted Capone so the court could take a break. Shortly after returning from the break Capone wrapped up his statement, Kerrick sentenced him to life in prison without parole for Anderson’s killing.
“This is about Rachael Anderson and the loss of her life and the fact that you took it,” Kerrick said. “I have to sit and wonder when someone suggests that everyone else is wrong and everyone else is a liar, and I’m not.”
Capone’s defense attorney said his client would be appealing his conviction, looking for a new trial in a different community.