A wealthy Pennsylvania dentist, Larry Rudolph, was sentenced to life in prison and ordered to pay millions of dollars in fines for the murder of his wife, Bianca Rudolph, during an African safari in Zambia in 2016. The sentencing took place in a Denver federal courthouse, where Rudolph was convicted last year of fatally shooting his wife in the heart. Prosecutors argued that Rudolph planned the murder in order to receive life insurance payments and start a new life with his longtime mistress, Lori Milliron.
During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Rudolph took the shotgun used in the crime and placed it back in its case to make it appear as though his wife shot herself accidentally. They also argued that the gunshot wound could not have been self-inflicted. The defense, however, maintained that Bianca Rudolph's death was an accident and that Larry Rudolph had no motive to kill her.
In addition to the murder conviction, Larry Rudolph was found guilty of mail fraud for cashing in on insurance policies worth nearly $5 million following his wife's death. As a result, he received a 20-year sentence to be served concurrently with the life sentence. The court also ordered him to pay nearly $5 million in restitution and $2 million in fines.
Along with the prison sentence and fines, Rudolph was required to forfeit two homes, his cars (an Aston Martin DB-11 and a Bentley Bentayga), and other assets purchased with the insurance money. The defense argued that all the assets totaled nearly $9 million.
Larry Rudolph's lawyers plan to appeal the conviction in hopes of securing his release. They argue that the financial penalties imposed on Rudolph would bankrupt his two adult children, who now control his finances. The defense also claims that Rudolph's worth has significantly decreased since his arrest in 2021 and that he cannot afford the hefty fines.
Rudolph's mistress, Lori Milliron, who was the manager of his dental franchise, was previously sentenced to 17 years in prison for her role as an accessory in the murder. The couple's two adult children, Julian and AnaBianca Rudolph, have chosen not to speak publicly about their mother's death but have requested restitution from their father's financial penalties.
In conclusion, Larry Rudolph, a wealthy dentist, has been sentenced to life in prison and ordered to pay millions of dollars in fines for the murder of his wife during an African safari. The court found him guilty of fatally shooting his wife and cashing in on insurance policies following her death. Rudolph's lawyers plan to appeal the conviction, arguing that the financial penalties would harm his two adult children.
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