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Man sentenced 47 years in prison for murdering Raymond man
Damien Tisbert, 22, of Raymond was sentenced 47 years to life in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for killing 50-year-old Scott Dickinson. JAMES A. KIMBLE
BRENTWOOD – A Raymond man was sentenced 47 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing to death 50-year-old Scott Dickinson at his home in March 2012.
Damien Tisbert, 22, of Raymond waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a new second-degree murder charge Wednesday afternoon as part of a fully-negotiated plea deal with state prosecutors.
“It is not the order of life for a mother to lose her child,” Dickinson’s mother, Carol, said to Tisbert during his sentencing hearing in Rockingham County Superior Court. “You have broken my heart and it will never heal. Do you ever think of all the damage you have done?”
Family members recalled Dickinson as a fun-loving man who was passionate about fishing, jazz, the Beatles and riding his motorcycle.
Carol Dickinson found her son’s body inside his Floral Avenue home on March 25, 2012, and called 911.
Prosecutors say Tisbert stabbed Dickinson 21 times with a knife and used a pair of brass knuckles to beat him in the head.
Dickinson was at the VFW post in Raymond the night before the murder, where he encountered his estranged wife, Tisbert and Tisbert’s father. Tisbert’s father was dating Dickinson’s estranged wife at the time, prosecutors said.
Dickinson’s father, Bob, called Tisbert a “scumbag” and chastised him in court for taking his son’s life, saying that the divorce he was going through was not a contentious one.
“You did not even know him, and it’s such a shame that society breeds somebody like you,” he said.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell said Tisbert later told a friend that “he always wanted to kill someone since he was a kid.”
He also confided to the friend that “he wanted to appear insane so he would get a lighter sentence,” according to Morrell.
Tisbert told police that he had “alternate personality and played God” on the night of the murder. He also claimed that he had attempted suicide multiple times and had been in and out of mental institutions.
He brought a woman, who was living in her car at the time, to Dickinson’s home after the murder and had sex with her in an upstairs bedroom, according to Morrell. Tisbert later told the woman that he had killed the man who had lived in the home and “held his eyes open and watched life drain out of him,” Morrell said.
Tisbert declined to speak during the hearing.
“While nothing at all can bring back loss of the victim in this case, this is a substantial sentence,” public defender Brett Newkirk said.
Judge Marguerite Wageling said she decided to accept the state’s plea deal in order to give the Dickinson family some closure about Tisbert’s case.
Wageling chided Tisbert, calling his actions “warped” and said he deserved every day of his state prison term.
“You took a hard-working, carefree, jolly man away from his family because of your very deranged thinking,” Wageling said.
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