Dentist who killed spouse on safari will get life sentence, should pay hundreds of thousands


Lawrence “Larry” Rudolph was convicted final summer season of capturing his spouse, Bianca Rudolph, with a Browning 12-gauge shotgun in 2016 whereas they have been on a looking journey in Zambia.

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Margot Moss, left, and her co-counsel, David Oscar Markus, exit the federal courthouse after a decide handed down a sentence of life in jail and greater than $15 million in penalties to their consumer, Larry Rudolph, the rich proprietor of a Pittsburgh-area dental franchise, for killing his spouse on the finish of an African safari in Zambia, throughout a sentencing listening to Monday, Aug. 21, 2023, within the federal courthouse in Denver. AP Picture/David Zalubowski

A dentist and big-game hunter who murdered his spouse whereas the couple have been in Africa has been sentenced to life in jail and ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in penalties.

Lawrence “Larry” Rudolph, 68, the founding father of a dental franchise in Pennsylvania, was convicted final summer season of capturing his spouse, Bianca Rudolph, with a Browning 12-gauge shotgun in October 2016 whereas they have been on a looking journey in Zambia. Rudolph then collected virtually $5 million from 9 separate life insurance coverage insurance policies, for which he’ll serve a concurrent 20-year sentence.

On prime of the jail sentences, Decide William J. Martinez ordered Rudolph to pay practically $5 million in restitution, an extra wonderful of $2 million and a particular evaluation charge of $200. He was additionally ordered to forfeit property obtained on account of the crime. The Related Press estimated the mixed monetary penalty to be greater than $15 million.

“The defendant on this case thought he might homicide his spouse abroad and get away with it. He was incorrect and can now be held accountable,” Mark Michalek, an FBI particular agent concerned within the case, mentioned in a information launch.

Rudolph has denied the homicide cost, saying his spouse by chance shot herself whereas packing the couple’s belongings. Rudolph’s attorneys mentioned in a brief emailed assertion after the sentencing that he’s harmless. They may enchantment the responsible verdict.

Lori Milliron, Rudolph’s girlfriend who prosecutors mentioned inspired the killing, was sentenced to 17 years in June for being an adjunct to Bianca Rudolph’s dying and for 2 counts of perjury earlier than a grand jury. Milliron’s lawyer couldn’t be instantly reached for remark early Tuesday. Milliron has appealed.

The Rudolphs left for Zambia in late September 2016. On the morning earlier than their deliberate return to america, a gunshot rang out of their residence, in keeping with a legal grievance. Rudolph instructed native police and a U.S. diplomat that he had been within the rest room when he heard the shot, and ran out to seek out his spouse on the ground with a chest wound.

Folks close to the Rudolphs’ bed room ran to the scene after listening to a discharge of a firearm. They reported that that they had discovered Rudolph yelling for assist. Makes an attempt to revive his spouse and cease the bleeding have been unsuccessful, in keeping with the grievance.

Within the following days, Rudolph appeared rushed to get his spouse’s physique cremated, regardless of Bianca Rudolph being a strict Catholic who mates suspected could be against cremation, in keeping with legislation enforcement officers. Lawrence Rudolph mentioned on the time that the couple had beforehand agreed that they’d be cremated, and that it was logistically simpler to deliver the physique to america in a cremated state, in keeping with investigators.

FBI officers famous journey and financial institution data exhibiting Rudolph had carried out an extramarital affair with Milliron, who prosecutors mentioned had given Rudolph an ultimatum to “go away Bianca.”

In early 2020, prosecutors mentioned, a bartender heard Rudolph yelling at Milliron at a restaurant in Phoenix, saying that he had killed his spouse for her.