A man from Colorado is convicted of murdering his wife on the day of their 12th wedding anniversary.
Harold Henthorn, 59, who was found guilty of murdering second wife Toni Henthorn in September, was given the mandatory sentence by U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson on Tuesday.
Dr Henthorn, who was 50, plummeted 130 feet to her death in a remote, rocky area of the park in September 2012. Harold Henthorn had taken her there to celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary.
Prosecutors say he wanted to collect $4.7million in life insurance policies she didn’t know existed.
Henthorn, who has a ten-year-old daughter with his late wife, has always maintained her death was an accident.
Authorities continue to investigate the death of Henthorn’s first wife, Lynn, who was crushed when a car slipped off a jack when they were changing a flat tire in 1995. He hasn’t been charged in that death.
During the sentencing he took his chance to speak and maintained his innocence. According to CBS4 Local, he said: ‘I did not kill Toni or anyone.’
He told authorities that he surprised his wife with the hike up Deer Mountain, and that she died falling over a ledge after stopping to take a picture of the view.
In the 911 calls released in October, Henthorn asks for a helicopter to be sent up to rescue his wife, and even offers to pay for it, but the dispatcher says it’s too dangerous and that the search and rescue teams will have to climb the mountain on foot.
Henthorn told them: ‘It is going to take at least an hour to come up that trail. I will pay any and all expenses for a helicopter. … if you drop a paramedic down here.’
During the trial some jurors said he sounded too cool for a man trying to save his wife’s life.
While the content of Henthorn’s speech sounds caring, it is the clear and almost slow tone of his voice that had some jurors suspicious.
In the photos, the Henthorns look like any other happy couple. But there’s a detail in one of the photos that helped push jurors to issue a conviction.
That photo involves Toni Henthorn admiring the view with a pair of binoculars that were never found at the scene.