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OAN’s Abril Elfi
6:34 PM – Tuesday, August 22, 2023
A millionaire dentist was sentenced to life in prison and fined $15 million after he murdered his wife on an African safari.
On Monday, 67-year-old Larry Rudolph was sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting his wife in order to take advantage of her life insurance. He had planned to run away with his secret mistress.
His mistress, 65-year-old Lori Milliron, is serving 17 years after being sentenced in June for encouraging the murder.
Dentist Larry Rudolph sentenced to life in prison and fined over $15 million for the murder of his wife during an African safari in Zambia.
Prosecutors claim he staged the death as an accident to claim nearly $5M in insurance and start a new life with his girlfriend, Lori… pic.twitter.com/wnjrwxju4z
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In 2016, Larry and his wife, 57-year-old Bethany Rudolph, went on a safari trip where Larry claims she “accidently” shot herself while she was packing her bags. However, Larry’s false narrative was easily proven wrong.
He reportedly put the weapon in its soft case after shooting his wife to make it appear as though she had “shot herself while packing.”
He then allegedly cashed in nearly $5 million in insurance policies from his wife, as he wanted to live a lavish retirement with his longtime girlfriend using the money.
“The murder was the culmination of a lifetime spent seeking domination and control over others through wealth and power,” prosecutors said in a court filing outlining their sentencing proposal.
Rudolph was arrested nearly five years after her death as a result of an FBI investigation that dispatched investigators all over the world collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses.
A bartender at a steakhouse in Phoenix, where Milliron moved to be with Rudolph following Bianca’s death, overheard Rudolph remark, “I killed my f*****g wife for you!” during a fight in the restaurant in early 2020.
However, Rudolph testified that he actually said “now they’re saying I killed my f*****g wife for you!” after learning that the FBI was investigating him.
According to Rudolph’s attorneys, the total penalty amount exceeds $25 million.
He claims that he cannot afford it since he no longer has control of his diminishing dental practice, owes “a lot of money,” and will never be able to earn more.
Prosecutors argued that even after paying restitution, penalties, and having his property taken, Rudolph would still have millions of dollars. They claim Rudolph claimed to be worth $27 million before going on trial.
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