The girlfriend of a dentist and hunter in the United States was accused of murder, after she took the life of the man’s wife on an African safari. In concordance with official records, she was sentenced this Friday, June 23, to 17 years in prison and was also sanctioned with a $250,000 fine, said Federal Judge William J. Martinez in the sentence order.
The accused woman, Lori Milliron, was tried alongside the dentist, Lawrence Rudolph. The jury found the man’s girlfriend guilty of being an accessory after the fact to the murder, obstruction of justice and two counts of perjury. Following the accusation, Ana Rudolph, daughter of Lawrence Rudolph, expressed that Milliron “plotted to eliminate” her mother, Bianca Rudolph.
“Lori, you have taken my parents, but despite everything you have done you will never take my soul. This might be difficult to understand … because you don’t have one.”
Similarly, Lawrence Rudolph was also convicted in the United States last year of shooting his wife while on a hunting trip in Zambia in 2016. The hunter’s sentencing, was scheduled for this week but has been postponed. Regarding the crime, Rudolph stated that his wife accidentally shot herself. However, the authorities in charge of the case said that it was impossible because the wound came from a bullet fired from 2 to 3.5 feet away.
Milliron’s attorney, John Dill, expressed the sentence was excessive for the case and that other similar cases had not had such a long prison time. The defendant also stated that the convictions were based on his client’s perjury charges and that was not an indicative of her being involved with the crime.
“We believe the sentence is excessive and bears no reasonable relationship to the two counts of perjury before the grand jury that formed the basis of the charges of obstruction and accessory after the fact. The answers she gave before the grand jury were not false. Ms. Milliron had no involvement in the death of Bianca Rudolph, and she sympathizes with the family as victims of that tragedy.”
In contrast, Judge William J. Martínez affirmed that the sentence was correct, as the evidence states that Milliron encouraged the making of the crime.