The investigation of Peppino's death was formally reopened in June 1996, after Badalamenti was identified as the instigator of the Peppino's murder by a state witness Salvatore Palazzolo. In November 1997 an arrest warrant was issued for Badalamenti. In 1998 a committee was formed by the Italian Parliament's permanent Antimafia Commission to investigate the "Impastato case". Two years later, it issued a report which outlined the responsibilities of State officials in leading the investigations astray. On March 5, 2001 the Court of Assises declared Vito Palazzolo to be guilty of murder, initially handing down a thirty-year sentence, however, the Court later overturned his conviction. Gaetano Badalamenti was given a life sentence on April 11, 2002.