A Denver federal court has sentenced a wealthy professional to life in prison and ordered him to pay more than $15 million in fines for the murder of his wife, Bianca, in 2016. Larry Rudolph, 67, was also convicted of committing mail fraud, with prosecutors claiming the dentist wanted to use the money from the insurance policies on his deceased wife for a luxurious life with his girlfriend.
The tragic story of Bianca Rudolph’s death started on an African safari when the couple was vacationing in the Zambian wilderness. While packing to return home, Bianca was fatally shot with one of the shotguns carried by the couple during their trip. Larry Rudolph has always maintained that her death was an accident, and the initial Zambian and insurance investigators agreed.
Judge William Martinez imposed the hefty financial penalty on Rudolph in addition to his life sentence. The penalties included a combination of restitution, fines, and property forfeiture. Martinez also ordered the forfeiture of the two homes that had been purchased with the insurance money—one in Arizona and one in Pennsylvania—as well as two luxury cars.
To add to the prosecution’s case, it was revealed that Larry had even shot himself in the thumb and filed a disability insurance claim just before filing a life insurance claim for Bianca’s death. The judge also sentenced Larry’s girlfriend Lori Milliron to 17 years in prison for being an accessory to the crime. Milliron has since appealed the sentence against her.
Although Larry Rudolph still claims his innocence and his lawyers plan to appeal the conviction, the judge’s sentence is a reminder that justice will ultimately be served for Bianca Rudolph’s untimely and tragic murder.
With information from AP