Man gets life in prison for pushing wife off cliff

A Colorado man convicted of pushing his wife to her death off a cliff has been sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors said Harold Henthorn killed his second wife, Toni, to collect $4.7m (£3.1m) from insurance policies she did not know existed.

Toni Henthorn died in September 2012 after falling 130ft (40m) off a cliff in Rocky Mountain National Park, where her husband had taken her for a hike to celebrate their 12th anniversary.

Henthorn, who maintains his innocence, has told authorities his wife slipped and fell while taking a photo.

A jury convicted him in September of first-degree murder.

At his sentencing on Tuesday, Henthorn was quoted by KUSA-TV as saying: “Toni was a remarkable woman. I loved her with all my heart. I did not kill Toni or anyone else.”

Authorities contend Toni’s death was not Henthorn’s first murder.

His first wife, Sandra Lynn Henthorn, was crushed in 1995 after a car jack is said to have failed while changing a tyre with her husband on a remote road.

The US Attorney’s Office said Henthorn received nearly $500,000 in life insurance after that incident.

Authorities reopened the case but no charges have been brought.

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