A white supremacist convicted of the 2005 killing a black Galloway Township woman in a movie theater parking lot must be resentenced — but will still remain in prison for the rest of his life, an appellate panel ruled today.
Walter Dille, now 44, was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2009 after a jury found him guilty of fatally shooting Cindy Cade, 44, at about 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16, 2005, as she went to buy movie tickets at Hamilton Township’s Regal Cinemas for that night.
Dille — a member of the Atlantic City Skinheads — appealed the case on several counts, including claims against the judge’s ruling on issues during the trial.
The appellate panel found Superior Court Judge Albert Garofolo ruled correctly in every instance, but that the consecutive sentence of 20 years on a second-degree weapons charge exceeded the nine-year maximum. The judges also found that the sentencing on murder should have been merged with the first count of felony murder, which is a death that occurs during the commission of another crime.
“The state maintains that a life sentence without the possibility of parole was appropriate,” the judges wrote in their ruling.
At the sentencing, Garofolo called Dille “totally devoid of any redeeming human value.”
A new sentencing date has not been set. Dille is currently in New Jersey State Prison.
He originally faced a possible death penalty in the case, but New Jersey’s Legislature repealed capital punishment Dec. 17, 2007 — a day after the anniversary of Cade’s killing.